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Norwegians among Falklanders. Scandinavians shipwrecked on the islands comprise some of the Falkland Islands inhabitants, reports say. Although most of the Falklands’ (Islas Malvinas) 3,000 people are British citizens, there are some Norwegian ancestors. Several names obviously come from a Scandinavian background in the phonebook, such as Anderson and Hansen. One of these Norwegians was Anton Richard Larsen, presumed to be from Arendal, southern Norway.Jan Cheek told NRK, “My great grandfather suffered from severe seasickness and decided to escape from the ship he arrived on to the Falkland Islands.”

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Norwegians among Falklanders

Published on Wednesday, 15th February, 2012 at 09:27 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Scandinavians shipwrecked on the islands comprise some of the Falkland Islands inhabitants, reports say.

Falkland Islands map
Falkland Islands map
Photo: Eric Gaba/Wikimedia Commons


Although most of the Falklands’ (Islas Malvinas) 3,000 people are British citizens, there are some Norwegian ancestors. Several names obviously come from a Scandinavian background in the phonebook, such as Anderson and Hansen.

One of these Norwegians was Anton Richard Larsen, presumed to be from Arendal, southern Norway.Jan Cheek told NRK, “My great grandfather suffered from severe seasickness and decided to escape from the ship he arrived on to the Falkland Islands.”

Mr Larsen later married British Ellen Cull, with whom he had three children, one being Jan Cheek’s grandmother.

“This makes me an eighth Norwegian, which brings warm feelings whenever I meet Norwegians,” she said.

The islands consist of West Falkland and East Falkland, East Falkland having the capital of Stanley and several other smaller islands.

There has been much dispute over the sovereignty of the islands with Argentina claiming, from a British standpoint, that the islands belong to them.

The 1982 war, to which then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet committed British military forces, left 907 people dead. Argentina’s Transport Workers Union has recently decided to boycott ships flying the British flag.

Argentina accused the UK of militarising the islands last week after a Nuclear Submarine was sent to the South Atlantic.

UK government officials have denied these claims stating that the ship is merely on course to take part in a planned training exercise.

Last year, the Royal Navy commissioned the HMS Protector, formerly a Norwegian research ship named MV Polarbjørn, into service.

“We have much to achieve in the coming months, but we will be ready in every respect to resume the UK's sovereign presence in the British Antarctic and South Atlantic Territory during the 2011/12 austral summer,” declared commanding officer Captain Peter Sparkes at the time.




Published on Wednesday, 15th February, 2012 at 09:27 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

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