South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Useful information

GMT South Georgia -2; South Sandwich Islands -2
DST South Georgia not applied; South Sandwich Islands not applied

Politics and current affairs

Discovered by Cook in 1775 and colonized by British and American fishermen as from 1788, the islands were a dependency until 1985, when they became a British overseas territory.

The South Georgia Islands (3560 km²) in the south Atlantic Ocean form a permanently ice-covered mountain chain (highest peak Mount Paget, 2934 m) with deeply indented coastlines. The South Sandwich Islands (307 km²) are string of small volcanic islands southeast of the South Georgia Islands.