No moving to Falkland Islands and this is a permanent closed website

It turns out that I won’t be moving to Falkland Islands and its well possible that I’ll never go there at all. For that are many reasons. Here is the list for anyone thinking about moving to Falkland Islands.

  • There is a strict immigration law in place for Falkland Islands. You have to have a job in the Falkland Islands or some way to support your self if you don’t plan on working there.
  • There is a lack of housing and as a foreigner you are not allowed to buy a property in Falkland Islands. That means the only option is to rent a property.
  • Using the internet is expensive in the Falkland Islands and slow. With maximum of 3Mbps download speed and 512Kbps upload speed. You can’t use Netflix on those internet speeds or barley the normal internet as it is today. It is also expensive, with the largest internet package costing 425GBP (493,26€) a month. It’s expensive due to download allowance that are included in the packages.
  • There is no 3G or 4G service in Falkland Islands. They only have GSM 900 service (no GSM 1800) and it only runs GSM GPRS service, limiting speeds down to 65Kbps for anything that you want to do on your smartphone. If you want to know how slow that it is, turn off your 3G or 4G service on your mobile phone. Most mobile network today have EDGE service, giving them the speed of 256Kbps, try to browse the internet on that speed or do anything with an app on that speed. This is many times slower. The mobile company on the Falkland Island has hot-spot WLAN service (prepaid).
  • It’s cold there. The temperature in Falkland Islands are close to those you can find in Iceland during the year (summer/winter).

Once I had plans about moving to Falkland Islands, but due to my rules on checking every details before I made my move (cost, immigration rules and so on) I never went there. The reason was that it didn’t fit my long term plans and I learned that I would not get my disability welfare from Iceland if I moved (mostly my only income at the moment).

I’m currently living in Denmark and in few years time I do plan on moving to Spain if everything works out according to my plan and I think it just might (I also got plan B [Portugal,maybe Azores Islands] and C [Germany]).

If people think they can move. They should do so, but as I say above. It’s complicated and Falkland Islands have strict immigration laws currently in place. Before anything is done, what requirement is needed before moving or even work in Falkland Islands needs to be figured out. That can be done by contacting Falkland Islands Immigration Office and that can be done here (their website doesn’t have many details or information, I don’t know why that is).

People can watch Falkland Islands live on their web-cameras here (small image due to bandwidth limitation).

This is the last article I’ll write here. I plan to keep this website up for few years for people planning on going to Falkland Islands or are thinking about moving over there in the future.

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Permanent closure of this website

This website is going to be permanently closed soon. It won’t be coming back and its content is going to get deleted from the Internet. I will keep a backup of it on my own personal hard drive. When it is going to get deleted is not known at this point in time.

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Magnitude 6,9 earthquake off the South Sandwich Islands

Yesterday (29-June-2014) at 07:52 UTC a magnitude 6,9 earthquake took place off the South Sandwich Islands [EMSC information can be found here]. This earthquake was not felt by anybody and did not create any damage since this area of the world is close to being unpopulated. There are no major population centres in this area of the world.

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The magnitude 6,9 earthquake off the South Sandwich Islands. Copyright of this image belongs to EMSC.

This earthquake was located some 2000 km east of Stanley, Falkland Islands (UK). The largest aftershocks had the magnitude of 5,9 [EMSC information can be found here] and the second largest aftershock had the magnitude of 5,6 [EMSC information can be found here].

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Happy new year 2014

I wish everyone in Falkland Islands a happy new year 2014. I hope that new year brings good things to all Falkland islanders and there families. With best wishes from Denmark, Jón Frímann – Publisher.

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Happy Christmas

I wish everyone on Falkland Islands a happy Christmas and I hope that they enjoy the holidays.

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Earthquake swarm 320 km south of Falkland Islands

Today (25-November-2013) an magnitude 6,9 earthquake took place around 320 km south of Falkland Islands. The earthquake in question was on a slip fault line that is there. The earthquake took place on the Scotia plate (microplate), not far from the edge of the South America plate that Falkland Islands belong to. The plate in this area move east-west at the rate about 5 mm/year. I did write about this setting in this blog post here.

This earthquake had a pre-earthquake of magnitude 5,2. Smaller earthquakes are sure to have taken place, but where not detected by any seismic-network due to distance from land. This earthquake activity is not volcanic and there are no volcanoes in this area best to my knowledge.

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Magnitude 5,2 earthquake far off the coast of Falkland Island. More information about this earthquake can be found here. Copyright of this image belongs to EMSC.

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The main magnitude (Mw) 6,9 earthquake. More information about this earthquake can be found here. Copyright of this image belongs to EMSC.

I do not know if the main earthquake was felt in Falkland Islands. It is common that this large earthquake can often be felt up to 500 km from the epicentre. No damage too place since it is located about 320 km from the next population (Falkland Islands).

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Magnitude 5,5 aftershock in the same area. More information about this earthquake can be found here. Copyright of this image belongs to EMSC.

More earthquakes in this area should be expected. Many of the aftershocks might have the magnitude close to the magnitude of the main earthquake. It is also possible that this earthquake activity is an start of period with high earthquake activity in this area.

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What am I going to be using this site for

It has been settled. I am not going to be moving away from Denmark, but when I can I am going to travel a lot and far on planet Earth. I am not sure when this is going to start. Since I won’t be moving to Falkland Islands I have designated the islands a special travel place. This means I am going to stay up to 6 months (or as the laws in Falkland Islands allow) in Falkland Islands.

Once I finally make it to Falkland Islands as an tourist (it might take a long time since I am poor at the moment) I am going to post the travel story along with pictures once the time comes. Until then I am going try and provide information about anything interesting that takes place in Falkland Islands. That however means that there is a chance this site won’t see many posts over a long period of time. I am however going to do my best to post new material on this site on regular basic. This is however not simply just a travel blog, while I am going to post information about my travels along with pictures to Falkland Islands. I am also going to cover other subjects if they are interesting and interest me. I do try to follow the local media as I can, but lack of funds only allow me limited access to Penguin News, the local newspaper in Falkland Islands.

For that reason I am going to use this site to post information about Falkland Islands. Along with interesting geology information once in a while, since not a lot happens in Falkland Islands in terms of earthquakes and there is no volcano activity in the islands.

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GoCe satellite burned up over Falkland Islands

Discovery News is reporting that GoCe satellite did burn up over Falkland Islands. According to the news from Discovery the local resident known as Bill Charter did see it break over Falkland Islands and he even posted a picture on Twitter.

Based on the picture, the fragment that did not burn up have landed in the ocean off the Falkland Islands. This has not yet been reported in Penguin News, the local news paper in Falkland Islands.

Update 1: According to this blog the satellite did fall down south of Falkland Islands. More details here.

Blog post updated at 04:41 CET.

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This blog is not going to be closed after all

Well, turns out my thin thread to Falkland Islands is stronger then I did originally think. While I do not yet know if I am going to be moving to Falkland Islands or not yet as my heart says that I should go there. Why, I do not know.

However, for the moment (next few weeks to months) I am not going to update this blog. When regular updates might continue I do not know.

I am also going to change the name of this blog from Falkland Island geology blog to Falkland Islands blog. Effective from this moment, since I am going to widen the coverage on this blog to include more then just geology of Falkland Islands (it is rather quiet and has been for a long time now, at least 50 million years or more).

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Closing down schedule for this blog

I am going to close down this blog soon. This closure is going to happen 15th of March 2013. All content and database is going to be backed up. It is not going to be deleted. I am going to delete this blog from the web server and setup a static web page up here instead. That static web page is going to point to my other blogs.

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