THE normal resident population of the Falkland Islands on census day (15 April 2012) was 2,841. The Falkland Islands Government published the first results from the 2012 Census today.
This was a decrease of 4 per cent since 2006, a decline entirely attributable to the decrease in the number of civilian contractors at Mount Pleasant Airfield (MPA). As non-residents, military personnel are not included in the census.
Excluding contractors at MPA, the true population figure of the Falkland Islands is 2,563 – indicating that the population has remained static since 2006.
Stanley is home to 2121 people, 75 per cent of the population, an increase of less than 1 per cent since 2006. The population in Camp (areas outside of Stanley) has declined by 3.3 per cent to 351 people.
The census shows that 59 per cent of residents consider their national identity to be 'Falkland Islander'. 29 per cent consider themselves British; 9.8 per cent St Helenian, and 5.4 per cent Chilean.
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