South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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Country overview: 

Short nameSOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
ISO codeGS
FIPS codeSX
LanguageEnglish (en)
Time zone-2
CapitalGrytviken

 

These islands have belonged to the United Kingdom throughout the 20th century. From 1908 to 1962, they were dependencies of the Falkland Islands. On 1985-10-03, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands came under the direct administration of the United Kingdom. Argentina claims the islands along with the Falklands, and occupied South Georgia briefly in 1982.

Other names of country: 

  1. French: Géorgie du Sud et les Îles fp Sandwich du Sud
  2. German: Südgeorgien und Südliche Sandwichinseln
  3. Italian: Isole della Georgia Australe e dalle Sandwich Australi
  4. Russian: Южная Георгия и Южные Сандвичевы острова
  5. Spanish: Islas Georgias del Sur y Sandwich del Sur
  6. Turkish: Güney Gürcistan ve Güney Sandoviç Adası

Origin of name: 

South Georgia was named in honor of King George III of England by Captain James Cook. South Sandwich Islands were named Sandwich Islands by Captain Cook in honor of his patron, John Montague, Lord Sandwich, then First Lord of the Admiralty.

Primary subdivisions: 

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has no known administrative divisions.

CountryHASCPopulationArea(km.²)Area(mi.²)Capital
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsGS.GS04,0901,580Grytviken

Postal codes: 

According to address expert Graham Rhind , the postal code for South Georgia in the U.K. system is SIQQ 1ZZ.

Territorial extent: 

This territory consists of South Georgia Island and nearby small islands, and the South Sandwich Islands, of which the largest are Montagu, Saunders, Bristol, and Visokoi.

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