Health care

Living in Europe | Health insurance, Medical care | Faroe Islands

Everyone with a Faroese ID number has access to services from the Faroese health care system.


Health insurance


Health care services are financed by the government and by mandatory contributions from all residents through the National Health Insurance.

Faroese employers are obliged to insure all employees against the consequences of employment injury or disease. The employee or his or her next of kin are entitled to compensation in case of injury, disease or death in connection with carrying out work.

Employees who have a Faroese retirement pension normally also have a further insurance against consequences of disability, serious disease and death.



Medical care


All residents in the Faroe Islands have equal access to health services.


Pregnancy check-ups are carried out by the General Practitioners and by midwives. Ultrasound scans are available, usually scheduled in the 18th week of pregnancy.


Childbirth takes place at the National Hospital in Tórshavn. Mother and child normally stay between 2 and 5 days in hospital after childbirth.

Child health care

The Child Health Care Service, Gigni (in Faroese), provides regular home visits to new families. Health visitor nurses examine the children in their home regularly up to the age of 18 months. Children with special needs may receive home visits up to the age of 6 years.

Families with small children must contact the Child Health Care Service in order to receive home visits.  

General Practitioners provide medical check-ups up to the age of 5 and vaccinations according to a vaccination programme.

School nurses provide regular medical check-ups and personal interviews as well as parental guidance and information.



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All members of the Faroese society, regardless of nationality, are urged to take the utmost care and precaution in order to contain the spread of the COVID19 virus in the Faroe Islands.

Everyone is requested to follow closely the updated advice issued by public authorities on personal hygiene, social restrictions, travel restrictions and all other recommendations.

Please consult for answers to specific questions.