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Falkland Islands
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Falkland Islands. Please scroll down to view.

The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory that has self-governance. This archipelago consists of 778 islands in the South Atlantic, although only four of the islands are actually inhabited. The Falkland Islands has a very small population, consisting of less than 2,200 residents. However, the islands have established specific holidays that are observed by all residents.

The laws governing holidays fall on the governing office of the Falkland Islands. Because final laws are approved in the United Kingdom public holidays are declared in the local newspaper upon approval. The government of the Falkland Islands generally issues the dates of the holidays for three or more years in advance to accommodate employers on the island.

At this time, there is not an official labour code or employer regulation mandating that employers give holiday pay or provide a day off for national holidays. However, since many of the laws and regulations followed in the Falkland Islands are the same ones followed in the United Kingdom, it is assumed that employees are granted holiday pay and days off for these holidays.

It should be taken into account that a majority of the workers in the Falkland Islands are agricultural workers or work in the fishing industry and own their own businesses. If these businesses have employees, however, they will be required to provide holiday pay or days off to their employees in accordance with the law.

It should be noted that the last week of December, starting on Christmas Day is considered a holiday week in the Falkland Islands. All government offices are closed until after the New Year’s celebration.

In the past, Margaret Thatcher’s birthday, the former Prime Minister of England, was celebrated as a holiday in the Falkland Islands. However, this holiday has not been observed since 2009.

The government of the Falkland Islands reserves the right to declare special memorial holidays with advanced notice. These holidays are one-time events. The last special holiday was to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2011.

There may be additional private holidays that are celebrated throughout the island based on religious belief, profession, or island–specific events. These holidays are not recognised by the government of the Falkland Islands and employers are not required to pay holiday pay or provide days off for these events.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprFriQueen's Birthday
14 JunWedLiberation Day
2 OctMonPeat Cutting Day
8 DecFriBattle Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day
26 DecTueStanley Races (1st Day)
27 DecWedStanley Races (2nd Day)