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The Faroe Islands are a modern society with a high standard of living and the Faroese have a strong sense of local identity and social cohesion.

The culture of the Faroe Islands has its roots in the Nordic culture. The islands were long isolated from the main cultural movements in Europe and have maintained a large part of their traditional culture. At the same time the Faroese live a modern European life with cultural events, new technology and a well developed infrastructure.

The Faroese are well-educated. Many Faroese study and work abroad in a wide range of fields. The mobility and flexibility of the Faroese people maintains a broad international perspective.


The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 mountainous islands located half way between Scotland and Iceland in the Northeast Atlantic.

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing nation under the external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark. The country is not a member of the European Union but has agreements on fisheries, trade in goods, and research cooperation with the EU.

The language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese which is a Nordic language deriving from the Norsemen who settled the islands 1200 years ago.

Out of a total population of around 52,000, more than 20,000 live in the capital, Tórshavn.

There are in all about 120 towns and villages scattered over 17 of the islands. The largest town is Tórshavn. The second largest is Klaksvík with around 5,000 inhabitants.

Fishing and fish farming are the most important industries in the Faroe Islands. In recent years tourism has also become increasingly important.

The Faroese weather is moist, changeable and at times windy. Due to the influence of the Gulf Stream encircling the islands, there is little variation between winter and summer temperatures. The average temperature ranges from 3°C in winter to 12°C in the summer.


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1,393 sq km

274,000 sq km

62°00′N 06°47′W

18 (17 inhabited)

882 m / 2894 ft

GMT, summer time GMT +1

52,122 (August 2019)


Parliamentary democracy


The Løgting

29 municipalities


Bárður á Steig Nielsen

July 29th (St. Olav’s Day)

Danish kroner (DKK)






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