I think that's a stretch though considering the overall population of the islands as a whole. I quote Sept 12 census figures below my own thoughts.
-2,563 seems the figure to work from.
-We can presume that the approx 278 civilian contractors (making up the overall 2,841 census figure ) living with the military at Pleasant are not part of the FIDF (reserve) unit.
-Minus 5.4% (138) who consider themselves Chilean nationality = 2425.
-Minus 465 children aged 0-15 = 1960; and minus 301 over 65s = 1659.
-almost 50:50 males:females = 829 working age males:830 working age females.
Wiki tells me 9% ave of British Army is female; 17.5% of Australian reserve is female, so I estimate FIDF female proportion is average between the two = 13.25%.
That gives us a maximum of 829 males / 109 females = 938.
The islands census mentions 20% of islanders have 2 jobs (of which we can presume the 2nd jobs of some of those 20% are FIDF reservists).
The maximum possible range of my estimate (20% of 938) = 187 reservists. However it is reasonable to estimate that a large part of that 20% figure actually have 2 different jobs (fishermen / running an additional business/service). If it's 10%, we are left with 94 reservists, which I think is probably a reasonably accurate estimate.
Census data below.
The Falkland Islands Government published the first results from the 2012 Census today.
The normal resident population of the Falkland Islands on census day (15 April 2012) was 2,841.
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.
Jan Cheek, Member of the Legislative Assembly said:
“I’d like to thank the Policy Unit for their hard work in carrying out and analysing the Census data, and the public for their participation. The census is a vital tool for planners and policy-makers and will help inform decision making for years to come. The figures provide a wealth of information relating to our home and our people, and we look forward to further insights as the numbers are analysed further. “
Children aged 0-15 numbered 465 or 16.5 per cent of the overall population of the Islands – a similar number to that reported in the 2006 Census. Elderly persons (defined to be those aged 65 and over) numbered 301 or 10.7 per cent of the population. Comparison with the previous Census confirms that the trend is towards an aging population with the elderly population having increased by almost 14 per cent since 2006.
Excluding persons living in communal accommodation, the Census recorded a total of 1269 households in the Falkland Islands. The vast majority of houses are detached (73 per cent). A total of 98 households (7.9 per cent) reported that they live in a flat, and 48 (3.9 per cent) live permanently in a mobile home. The Census shows that there is a very high level of home ownership in Stanley (62 per cent) and Camp (70 per cent).
Further findings include:
- The unemployment rate is 1 per cent.
- Almost 20 per cent of persons in employment have more than one job.
- The sex ratio in the Islands is a very balanced 101 males per 100 females
For further information please contact:
Falkland Islands Government
Jamie Fotheringham – Head of Policy
Originally Posted by RobWilliams
The RN says 100 troops of the roulement British Army infantry company, not members of the FIDF.
I'm gunna use the BBC's figure for 200 reservists in regards to the FIDF.