Living in Europe | Accommodation | Faroe Islands

Finding suitable accommodation in the Faroe Islands can be difficult. It is advisable to start searching for housing as soon as plans for a research stay have become definite.


The Faroese rental market is quite limited. Apartments for rent are normally part of a family’s home set aside for a tenant.

At some host institutions special housing for international researchers is available.

The National Hospital in Tórshavn has a number of houses, apartments and rooms for rent for doctors and other staff members working for a limited period within the Health Service.

The University of the Faroe Islands has a number of apartments and rooms for rent for shorter and longer terms. The university also has appointments with private houseowners who rent rooms to foreign researchers participating in summer institutes.

Other host institutions may also provide assistance for researchers searching for housing.


Buying and selling property is mostly handled by real estate agents and lawyers. The agents advertise houses and apartments on websites and in newspapers.

There two main real estate agents operating in the Faroe Islands are:

Skyn   (in Faroese)

Betri Heim   (in Faroese)

Houses and apartments can also be sold privately. Advertisements can be found in the newspapers and on websites.

An average house in Tórshavn costs around DKK 2,900,000. Houses outside Tórshavn are considerably less expensive.

The Faroese banks provide financing for houses and apartments. 35 per cent of the interest paid on mortgage loans for houses inhabited by the owner is refunded by the government.


A variety of hotels, guesthouses and rented flats and houses are available for short-term accommodation:

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