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The population of the Faroe Islands is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century. The islands have been connected politically to Denmark since the 14th century. A high degree of self-government was attained in 1948.

related countries: Denmark, Iceland, Norway, United Kingdom
Official Name: Føroyar
Faroe Islands

ISO Country Code: fo
Actual Time: Tue-Feb-21  10:10
Local Time = UTC+0h
Daylight saving time: +1 hour until October (Western European Summer Time)

Country Calling Code: +298

Capital City: Tórshavn
Tórshavnar Kommuna (pop.: 18 500), Municipality of Tórshavn (in Faroese).
Tourist & Information Office for Tórshavn

Other Cities:
Fuglafjørdur Runavik,
Tvøroyri, Vestmanna

Part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948.

Location: Northern Europe. Island group between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Iceland to Norway.
Area: 1,393 kmĀ² (538 sq. mi.)
Archipelago of which 17 islands are inhabited ; strategically located along important sea lanes in northeastern Atlantic; precipitous terrain limits habitation to small coastal lowlands.
Terrain: Rugged, rocky, some low peaks; cliffs along most of coast

Climate: Mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy and windy.

Population: 49,000 (2016).
Ethnic groups: Scandinavian, descendants from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century.
Language: Faroese is the national language, rooted in Old Norse. Nordic languages are understood by most Faroese, and English is also widely spoken.
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran Church: 80% - Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren):10 %

Natural resources: Fish, whales, hydropower

Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)

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Official Sites of Faroe Islands

Prime Minister's Office.
The Faroese Parliament.

Føroyskt Fullveldi
Establishing the Faroe Islands as a sovereign state. The official page about the independence-process of the Faroe Islands.

Hagstova Føroya
Statistics Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands Map
Nations Online Project map of the Faroes.
Map of the Faroe Islands
from Framtak.
Google Earth Google Earth Faroe Islands
Searchable map and satellite view view of Faroe Islands.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.


Faroese national newspaper (in Faroese).
Faroese national newspaper (in Faroese). - føroyski portalurin
Faroese portal with news feed (in Faroese).

Faroe Times
run by world news network, has some Faroe Islands related news.

Útvarp Føroya
The Faroese State Radio.
Sjónvarp Føroyar
The Faroeses Television.

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Arts & Culture
Online gallery of contemporary Faroese art.
Føroya Náttúrugripasavn
The Faroese Museum of Natural History, a museum about the faroese nature.
Frantisek Staud's Photo Gallery of The Faroe Islands Photo impressions from the Islands.
LISA - Faroese Council of Artists
A joint organization for all artists in the Faroe Islands.
Listasavn Føroya
The Faroe Islands Art Gallery.
Llistastevna Føroya
The Faroese Arts Festival is held every year in August.
The Nordic House in the Faroes
Faroese Nordic Culture Centre, its aim is to support and promote Nordic and Faroese culture.

Fótbóltssamband Føroya
The Faroe Islands Football Association.

Business & Economy

Landsbanki Føroya
The Governmental Bank

Faroe Islands Trade Council
Provides comprehensive information on Faroese companies and the Faroe Islands Business Environment.
House of Industry
Your link to the industry of the Faroe Islands.

Busine Directory
Faroe Island Business Directory.
Business Line Faroese Companies
Faroe Seafood
The leading seafood supplier in the Faroe Islands.

Atlantic Airways
Vagar Airport, Sørvágur; serves Copenhagen, Billund, Reykjavík, Aberdeen, London, and Oslo.

Smyril Line
A passenger/vehicle ferry service on the North Atlantic linking Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland/Shetland, Norway and Denmark.

Strandfaraskip Landsins
National Domestic Transport Company.
Country Guides

Faroe Islands Tourist Board
Faroe Islands tourist information.
Faroe Islands Tourist Guide
A comprehensive introduction to the Faroes.
Tourist & Information Office for Tórshavn.
A guide to the Faroese bird cliffs 'the Vestmannabjørg'.
Vest Norden
Vest Norden Tourist Board; a guide to the three West Nordic countries - Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Hotels in Faroe Islands
Find a Hotel in Faroe Islands.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Føroya Landsbókasavn
The National Library of the Faroe Islands, founded in 1828. The central library collects all Faroese literature and as much literature as possible written about the Faroe Islands.
Fródskaparsetur Føroyar
The University of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn (in Faroese).

Environment & Nature

Island Vulnerability: Faroe Islands
The page provides information on vulnerability issues in the Faroe Islands.
Bogi Hansen
Article about author and professor Bogi Hansen from the Faroe Islands, winner of the Nordic Council's Nature and Environment Prize.


Faroese Historical Museum
Language History of the Faroes
Brief overview of the language and history of the Faroes.
The Historical Perspective
Brief history of the Faroe Islands.

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