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Faroe Islands

Background

Faroe Islands

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 granted the Faroese in 1948, who have autonomy over most internal affairs while Denmark is responsible for justice, defense, and foreign affairs. The Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union.

About

The Faroe or Faeroe Islands (in Faroese Føroyar) are 18 islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The Islands are a self-governing island territory of Denmark, although they politically aim for higher independence. The Islands have a population of nearly 50,000 (48.290 march 2005), and a language and culture of their own. When visiting the Faroes you are never more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The countryside is dominated by steep mountains and there are about 70,000 sheep and some 2 million pairs of seabirds, including the largest colony of storm petrels in the world. The Faroe Islands are undeniably beautiful: green, rugged and wind-swept. Most visitors to the islands come between early July and late August.

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Faroe Islands

Capital
Tórshavn
Location

Northern Europe, island group between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half way between Iceland and Norway

Geographic coordinates

62 00 N, 7 00 W

Area comparative

eight times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

1,117 km

Climate

mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy, windy

Terrain

rugged, rocky, some low peaks; cliffs along most of coast

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Slaettaratindur 882 m

Natural resources

fish, whales, hydropower, possible oil and gas

Population

49,057 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Scandinavian

Religions

Evangelical Lutheran 83.8%, other and unspecified 16.2% (2006 census)

Languages

Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish

Government type

NA

Independence

none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

National holiday

Olaifest (Olavsoka ), 29 July

Chief of state

Queen MARGRETHE II of Denmark (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Dan Michael KNUDSEN, chief administrative officer (since 2008)

Head of government

Prime Minister Kaj Leo JOHANNESSEN (since 26 September 2008)

Internet country code

.fo

Internet users

37,500 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Fuglafjordur, Torshavn, Vagur

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