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Faroe Islands
Føroyar
Færøerne
Flag Coat of arms
AnthemTú alfagra land mítt
Thou, my most beauteous land

Capital
(and largest city)
Tórshavn
62°00′N 06°47′W / 62°N 6.783°W / 62; -6.783
Official language(s) Faroese, Danish
Ethnic groups  91.7% Faroese
5.8% Danish
0.4% Icelanders
0.2 % Norwegian
0.2% Poles
Demonym Faroese
Government Parliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy
 -  Monarch Margrethe II
 -  High Commissioner Dan M. Knudsen
 -  Prime Minister Kaj Leo Johannesen
Autonomous constituent country
within the Kingdom of Denmark
 -  Unified with Norway[a] 1035 
 -  Ceded to Denmark[b] 14 January 1814 
 -  Home rule 1 April 1948 
Area
 -  Total 1,399 km2 (180th)
540 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 0.5
Population
 -  January 2010 estimate 48,660 [1] (205th)
 -  2007 census 48,797 
 -  Density 35/km2 (171st)
91/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2001 estimate
 -  Total $1 billion (not ranked)
 -  Per capita $31,000 (not ranked)
GDP (nominal) 2009 estimate
 -  Total $2.3 billion[2] (not ranked)
 -  Per capita $47,279 (not ranked)
HDI (2006) 0.943[c] (high) (15th)
Currency Faroese króna[d] (DKK)
Time zone GMT
 -  Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Internet TLD .fo
Calling code 298
a. ^  Danish monarchy reached the Faeroes in 1380 with the reign of Olav IV in Norway.
b. ^  The Faeroes, Greenland and Iceland were formally Norwegian possessions until 1814 despite 400 years of Danish monarchy beforehand.
c. ^  Information for Denmark including the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
d. ^  The currency, printed with Faroese motifs, is issued at par with the Danish krone, incorporates the same security features and uses the same sizes and standards as Danish coins and banknotes. Faroese krónur (singular króna) use the Danish ISO 4217 code "DKK".
Faroe Islands NASA satellite image.
The Faroe Islands, sometimes Faeroe Islands, Faroe(s), or Faeroes (Faroese: Føroyar, Danish: Færøerne) are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Scotland and Iceland. .The Faroe Islands are a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland.^ Faroe Islands are a territory of Denmark.
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The Faroe Islands have been an autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. Over the years, the Faroese have been granted control of most matters. Some areas still remain the responsibility of Denmark, such as military defence and foreign affairs.
.The Faroe Islands were politically associated with Denmark in 1380, when Norway entered the Kalmar Union with Denmark and Sweden, which gradually evolved into Danish control of the islands, but this association ceased in 1814. The islands are represented on the Nordic Council by the Danish delegation.^ I want to start in Denmark trekking through Sweden, Finland, Norway then across to the Faroes - I will also consider going to Iceland and possibly Greenland if time & money permit...
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^ I'm interested in scandinavian politics, i'd like to write about greenland and the faroe islands and their relationship to denmark.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Dear Jon, I thought I had a note from you to tell me about ferry or cruise ship travel between Iceland or Greenland to Denmark with a visit to the Faroe Islands.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

Contents

History

The early history of the Faroe Islands is not well known, although Gael hermits and monks from a Hiberno-Scottish mission are believed by some to have settled in the 6th century, introducing sheep and goats and the early Goidelic language to the islands; however this is just speculation. Saint Brendan, an Irish monastic saint, who is supposed to have lived around 484–578, is said to have visited the Faroe Islands on two or three occasions (512-530), naming two of the islands Sheep Island and Paradise Island of Birds.
Later (c. 650) Norsemen also settled the islands, bringing to the islands the Old Norse language which evolved into the modern Faroese language spoken today. The settlers are not thought to have come directly from Scandinavia, but rather they were Norse settlers from Shetland and Orkney, and Norse-Gaels from the areas surrounding the Irish Sea and Western Isles of Scotland. The old Gaelic name for the Faroe Islands Na Scigirí means the Skeggjar and probably refers to the Eyja-Skeggjar (Island-Beards), a nickname given to the island dwellers.
1904 illustration of Færeyinga Saga, depicting Tróndur í Gøtu.
According to Færeyinga Saga, emigrants who left Norway to escape the tyranny of Harald I of Norway settled in the islands about the end of the 9th century. Early in the 11th century, Sigmundur Brestirson – whose clan had flourished in the southern islands but had been almost exterminated by invaders from the northern islands – escaped to Norway and was sent back to take possession of the islands for Olaf Tryggvason, King of Norway. He introduced Christianity and, though he was subsequently murdered, Norwegian supremacy was upheld. Norwegian control of the islands continued until 1380, when Norway entered the Kalmar Union with Denmark, which gradually evolved into Danish control of the islands. .The Reformation reached the Faroes in 1538. When the union between Denmark and Norway was dissolved as a result of the Treaty of Kiel in 1814, Denmark retained possession of the Faroe Islands.^ Faroe Islands are a territory of Denmark.
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The trade monopoly in the Faroe Islands was abolished in 1856 and the area has since then developed as a modern fishing nation with its own fleet. The national awakening since 1888 was initially based on a struggle for the Faroese language and was thus culturally oriented, but after 1906 it was more and more politically oriented, with the foundation of the political parties of the Faroe Islands.
On 12 April 1940, the Faroes were occupied by British troops. The move followed the invasion of Denmark by Nazi Germany and had the objective of strengthening British control of the North Atlantic (see Second Battle of the Atlantic). In 1942-43 the British Royal Engineers built the only airport in the Faroes, Vágar Airport. Control of the islands reverted to Denmark following the war, but in 1948 home-rule was introduced, with a high degree of local autonomy. .The Faroes declined to join Denmark in entering the European Community (now European Union) in 1973. The islands experienced considerable economic difficulties following the collapse of the fishing industry in the early 1990s, but have since made efforts to diversify the economy.^ Faroe Islands are a territory of Denmark.
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^ I'm interested in scandinavian politics, i'd like to write about greenland and the faroe islands and their relationship to denmark.
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^ Dear Jon, I thought I had a note from you to tell me about ferry or cruise ship travel between Iceland or Greenland to Denmark with a visit to the Faroe Islands.
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Support for independence has grown and is the objective of the Republican Party.

Politics

Tinganes in Tórshavn, seat of the government.
The Faroese government holds executive power in local government affairs. The head of the government is called the Løgmaður (literally 'law person') or prime minister in English. Any other member of the cabinet is called a landsstýrismaður ('national committee man'). Today, elections are held in the municipalities, on a national level for the Løgting ('law assembly'), and for the Danish Folketing. For the Løgting elections there are seven electoral districts, each one comprising a sýsla, while Streymoy is divided into a northern and southern part (Tórshavn region).

The Faroes and Denmark

The Faroe Islands have been under the control of Denmark since 1388. The Treaty of Kiel in 1814 terminated the Danish-Norwegian union and Norway came under the rule of the King of Sweden, while the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland remained possessions of Denmark. Subsequently, the Løgting was abolished in 1816, and the Faroe Islands were to be governed as an ordinary Danish amt (county), with the Amtmand as its head of government. In 1851 the Løgting was reinstated, but served mainly as an advisory body until 1948.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, the reigning monarch of the Faroe Islands.
At the end of the Second World War some of the population favored independence from Denmark, and on 14 September 1946 a referendum was held on the question of secession. It was a consultative referendum: the parliament was not bound to follow the people's vote. This was the first time that the Faroese people had been asked whether they favored independence or wanted to continue as a part of the Danish kingdom. The result of the vote was a narrow majority in favor of secession, but the coalition in parliament could not reach agreement on how this outcome should be interpreted and implemented; and because of these irresoluble differences, the coalition fell apart. A parliamentary election was held just a few months later, in which the political parties that favored staying in the Danish kingdom increased their share of the vote and formed a coalition. Based on this, they chose to reject secession. Instead, a compromise was made and the Folketing passed a home-rule law, which came into effect in 1948. The Faroe Islands' status as a Danish amt was thereby brought to an end; the Faroe Islands were given a high degree of self-governance, supported by a substantial financial subsidy from Denmark.
At present the islanders are about evenly split between those favoring independence and those who prefer to continue as a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Within both camps there is a wide range of opinions. Of those who favor independence, some are in favor of an immediate unilateral declaration. Others see it as something to be attained gradually and with the full consent of the Danish government and the Danish nation. In the unionist camp there are also many who foresee and welcome a gradual increase in autonomy even while strong ties with Denmark are maintained.

The Faroes and the European Union

.As explicitly asserted by both Rome treaties, the Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union.^ Is it Faroe Island a part of Denmark or Norway?
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Moreover, a protocol to the treaty of accession of Denmark to the European Communities stipulates that Danish nationals residing in the Faroe Islands are not to be considered as Danish nationals within the meaning of the treaties. Hence, Danish people living in the Faroes are not citizens of the European Union (although other EU nationals living there remain EU citizens). The Faroes are not covered by the Schengen free movement agreement, but there are no border checks when travelling between the Faroes and any Schengen country. (The Faroes have been part of the Nordic Passport Union since 1966, and since 2001 there have been no border checks between the Nordic countries and the rest of the Schengen area as part of the Schengen agreement.) [3]

Regions and municipalities

Map of the Faroe Islands
Administratively, the islands are divided into 34 municipalities (kommunur) within which there are 120 or so settlements.
Traditionally, there are also the six sýslur ("regions": Norðoyar, Eysturoy, Streymoy, Vágar, Sandoy and Suðuroy). Although today sýsla technically means "police district", the term is still commonly used to indicate a geographical region. In earlier times, each sýsla had its own ting (assembly), the so-called várting ("spring assembly").

Geography

Sørvágur, on the island of Vágoy.
.The Faroe Islands are an island group consisting of 18 major islands about 655 kilometres (407 mi) off the coast of Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Iceland and Norway, the closest neighbours being the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland.^ This is the best site about the Faroe Islands I have ever seen.
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^ I want to start in Denmark trekking through Sweden, Finland, Norway then across to the Faroes - I will also consider going to Iceland and possibly Greenland if time & money permit...
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^ I wonder if you could give me some info about going there in Faroe Island.
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Its coordinates are 62°00′N 06°47′W / 62°N 6.783°W / 62; -6.783.
Its area is 1,399 square kilometres (540 sq. mi), and it has no major lakes or rivers. There are 1,117 kilometres (694 mi) of coastline [4]. The only major island that is uninhabited is Lítla Dímun.
The southernmost island of Suðuroy.
The islands are rugged and rocky with some low peaks; the coasts are mostly cliffs. The highest point is Slættaratindur, 882 metres (2,894 ft) above sea level. There are also areas below sea level.[citation needed]
.The Faroe Islands are dominated by tholeiitic basalt lava which was part of the great Thulean Plateau during the Paleogene period.^ I am French and I will spend three month in the Faroe Islands to study the developement of the Internet in the archipelago: your website is a great example for using the Internet (and this for no commercial purpose)!
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^ I am an american who has always been interested in the Faroe Islands, i found your site while reading through wikipedia and it was great to see all the pictures.
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^ Hi Jon, great web site about Faroe Islands!
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[5]

Distances to nearest countries and islands

  • North Rona (uninhabited, Scotland): 260 kilometres (160 mi)
  • Shetland (Foula) (Scotland): 285 kilometres (177 mi)
  • Mainland Scotland: 310 kilometres (190 mi)
  • Denmark: 990 kilometres (620 mi)

Distances to the nearest cities with over 100,000 inhabitants

Economy

A local fisherman in Klaksvík
Economic troubles caused by a collapse of the Faroese fishing industry in the early 1990s brought high unemployment rates of 10 to 15% in the mid 1990s.[6] Unemployment decreased in the later 1990s, down to about 6% at the end of 1998.[6] By June 2008 unemployment had declined to 1.1%, before rising to 3.4% in early 2009.[6] Nevertheless, the almost total dependence on fishing and fish farming means that the economy remains extremely vulnerable. The Faroes and Greenland have refused to abide by quotas set by the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), which sets catch limits for each member. Petroleum found close to the Faroese area gives hope for deposits in the immediate area, which may provide a basis for sustained economic prosperity.
.20% of Faroe Islands' national budget comes as economic aid from Denmark, which is about the same as 50% of Faroe Islands' total expense budget.^ This is the best site about the Faroe Islands I have ever seen.
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^ I wonder if you could give me some info about going there in Faroe Island.
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^ Dear Jon, I have been surfing the internet for some time, seeking information about Faroes Islands and I was very happy to find your webpage, which I found to be very informative.
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[7]
.Since 2000, new information technology and business projects have been fostered in the Faroe Islands to attract new investment.^ Dear Jon, I have been surfing the internet for some time, seeking information about Faroes Islands and I was very happy to find your webpage, which I found to be very informative.
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^ I am looking for information about sheep slaughterhouses on the Faroe Islands (names, internet sites, etc).
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^ I am struggling to find information about Faroe Islands, sightseeing there.
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The introduction of Burger King in Tórshavn was widely publicized and a sign of the globalization of Faroese culture. It is not yet known whether these projects will succeed in broadening the islands' economic base. The islands have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, but this should not necessarily be taken as a sign of a recovering economy, as many young students move to Denmark and other countries once they have left high school. This leaves a largely middle-aged and elderly population that may lack the skills and knowledge to fill newly developed positions on the Faroes. In 2008, the Faroes made a $52 million loan to Iceland, in the light of that country's banking woes.[8]
On 5 August 2009, two opposition parties introduced a bill in the Løgting to adopt the Euro as the national currency, pending a referendum.[9]

Transportation

The new ferry Smyril enters the Faroe Islands
Vágar Airport has scheduled services from Vágar Island. The largest Faroese airline is Atlantic Airways.
Due to the rocky terrain and relatively small size of the Faroe Islands, its transportation system was not as extensive as in other places of the world. This situation has now changed, and the infrastructure has been developed extensively. Some 80% of the population of the islands is connected by tunnels through the mountains and between the islands, bridges and causeways which link the three largest islands and three other large islands to the northeast together, while the other two large islands to the south of the main area are connected to the main area with new fast ferries. There are good roads to every village in the islands, except for seven of the smaller islands, six of which only have one village.

Demographics

Faroese folk dancers in national costumes.
The vast majority of the population are ethnic Faroese, of Norse and Celtic descent.[10]
Recent DNA analyses have revealed that Y chromosomes, tracing male descent, are 87% Scandinavian.[11] The studies show that mitochondrial DNA, tracing female descent, is 84% Scottish / Irish.[12]
.Of the approximately 48,000 inhabitants of the Faroe Islands (16,921 private households (2004)), 98% are citizens of the Kingdom of Denmark, including Faroese, Danish and Greenlandic people.^ I'm interested in scandinavian politics, i'd like to write about greenland and the faroe islands and their relationship to denmark.
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^ Dear Jon, I thought I had a note from you to tell me about ferry or cruise ship travel between Iceland or Greenland to Denmark with a visit to the Faroe Islands.
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^ Now it seems that I'm acquainted with all people on Faroe Islands.
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.One can analyse the inhabitants by place of birth, as follows: born on the Faroes 91.7%, in Denmark 5.8% and in Greenland 0.3%.^ I want to start in Denmark trekking through Sweden, Finland, Norway then across to the Faroes - I will also consider going to Iceland and possibly Greenland if time & money permit...
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ I'm interested in scandinavian politics, i'd like to write about greenland and the faroe islands and their relationship to denmark.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Dear Jon, I thought I had a note from you to tell me about ferry or cruise ship travel between Iceland or Greenland to Denmark with a visit to the Faroe Islands.
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The largest group of foreigners is Icelanders, comprising 0.4% of the population, followed by Norwegians and Polish, each comprising 0.2%. .Altogether, on the Faroe Islands there are people of 77 different nationalities.^ I wonder if you could give me some info about going there in Faroe Island.
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^ I would like to know what places in short time we should visit there, where should we travel in the Faroe Islands,so not to waist time wandering around.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Now it seems that I'm acquainted with all people on Faroe Islands.
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Faroese is spoken in the entire area as a first language. It is not possible to say exactly how many people worldwide speak the Faroese language. This is for two reasons: first, many ethnic Faroese live in Denmark, and few who are born there return to the Faroes with their parents or as adults; second, there are some established Danish families in the Faroes who speak Danish at home.
The Faroese language is one of the least spoken of the Germanic languages. Faroese grammar as well as vocabulary is most similar to Icelandic and to the extinct language Old Norse. In contrast, spoken Faroese is very different from Icelandic and is closer to Norwegian dialects of the west coast of Norway. While Faroese is the main language in the islands, both Faroese and Danish are official languages.[13]
Faroese language policy provides for the active creation of new terms in Faroese suitable for modern life.

Population trends (1327-2004)

Faroese stamp by Anker Eli Petersen commemorating the arrival of Christianity in the islands
If the first inhabitants of the Faroe Islands were Irish monks, then they must have lived as a very small group of settlers. Later, when the Vikings colonised the islands, there was a considerable increase in the population. However, it never exceeded 5,000 until the 18th century. Around 1349, about half of the islands' people died of the Black Death plague.
Only with the rise of the deep sea fishery (and thus independence from agriculture in the islands' harsh terrain) and with general progress in the health service was rapid population growth possible in the Faroes. Beginning in the 18th century, the population increased tenfold in 200 years.
At the beginning of the 1990s, the Faroe Islands entered a deep economic crisis leading to heavy emigration; however, this trend reversed in subsequent years to a net immigration.
Year Inhabitants
1327 ca. 4,000
1350 ca. 2,000
1769 4,773
1801 5,255
1834 6,928
1840 7,314
1845 7,782
1850 8,137
1855 8,651
1880 11,220
1900 15,230
1911 ca. 18,800
1925 22,835
1950 31,781
Year Inhabitants
1970 ca. 38,000
1975 40,441
1985 45,749
1989 47,787
1995 43,358
1996 43,784
1997 44,262
1998 44,817
1999 45,409
2000 46,196
2001 46,996
2002 47,704
2003 48,214
2004 48,353

Urbanisation and regionalisation

The Faroese population is spread across most of the area; it was not until recent decades that significant urbanisation occurred. Industrialisation has been remarkably decentralised, and the area has therefore maintained quite a viable rural culture. .Nevertheless, villages with poor harbour facilities have been the losers in the development from agriculture to fishing, and in the most peripheral agricultural areas, also known as the outer islands, there are scarcely any young people left.^ My Icelandic friend told me about islands You come from, said it's some like Iceland but not so well known.Been trying to find some about it in Kobenhavn but most of my danish friends say it's so dark there ble ble..so now try to learn it alone.
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^ HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005 ON THE FEROER ISLAND FOR THE ALL PEOPLES, WHO LIVING THERE! (Andy) .
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In recent decades, the village-based social structure has nevertheless been placed under pressure, giving way to a rise in interconnected "centres" that are better able to provide goods and services than the badly connected periphery. This means that shops and services are now relocating en masse from the villages into the centres, and slowly but steadily the Faroese population is concentrating in and around the centres.
In the 1990s the old national policy of developing the villages (Bygdamenning) was abandoned, and instead the government started a process of regional development (Økismenning). The term "region" referred to the large islands of the Faroes. Nevertheless the government was unable to press through the structural reform of merging the small rural municipalities in order to create sustainable, decentralised entities that could drive forward regional development. As regional development has been difficult on the administrative level, the government has instead made heavy investment in infrastructure, interconnecting the regions.
In general, it is growingly less valid to regard the Faroes as a society based on separate islands and regions. The huge investments in roads, bridges and sub-sea tunnels (see also Transportation in the Faroe Islands) have bound the islands together, creating a coherent economic and cultural sphere that covers almost 90% of the population. From this perspective it is reasonable to regard the Faroes as a dispersed city or even to refer to it as the Faroese Network City.[citation needed]

Religion

According to Færeyinga Saga, Sigmundur Brestisson brought Christianity to the islands in 999. However, archaeology at a site in Leirvík suggests that Celtic Christianity may have arrived 150 years earlier, or more.[citation needed] The Faroe Islands' Church Reformation was completed on 1 January 1540. According to official statistics from 2002, 84.1% of the Faroese population are members of the state church, the Faroese People's Church (Fólkakirkjan), a form of Lutheranism. Faroese members of the clergy who have had historical importance include V. U. Hammershaimb (1819-1909), Frederik Petersen (1853-1917) and, perhaps most significantly, Jákup Dahl (1878-1944), who had a great influence in ensuring that the Faroese language was spoken in the church instead of Danish.
In the late 1820s, the Christian Evangelical religious movement, the Plymouth Brethren, was established in England. In 1865, a member of this movement, William Gibson Sloan, travelled to the Faroes from Shetland. At the turn of the 19th century, the Faroese Plymouth Brethren numbered thirty. Today, approximately 10% of the Faroese population are members of the Open Brethren community (Brøðrasamkoman). About 5% belong to other Christian denominations, such as the charismatic movement. which started in the 1970s-1980s in the Faroe Islands. There are several charismatic churches around the islands, the largest of which, called Keldan (Spring Water), has about 400 to 450 members. The Adventists operate a private school in Tórshavn. Jehovah's Witnesses also number four congregations (approximately 80 to 100 members). The Roman Catholic congregation comprises approximately 170 members. The municipality of Tórshavn operates their old Franciscan school. .There are also around fifteen Bahá'ís who meet at four different places.^ I would like to know what places in short time we should visit there, where should we travel in the Faroe Islands,so not to waist time wandering around.
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Unlike Denmark with Forn Sidr, the Faroes have no organised Ásatrú community, but there is a fair share of pagan lore, song and ritual performed in individuals' houses or in public spaces, rather than in church buildings.
The best known church buildings in the Faroe Islands include St. Olaf's Church and the Magnus Cathedral in Kirkjubøur; the Vesturkirkjan and the Maria Church, both of which are situated in Tórshavn; the church of Fámjin; the octagonal church in Haldarsvík; Christianskirkjan in Klaksvík and also the two pictured here.
In 1948, Victor Danielsen (Plymouth Brethren) completed the first Bible translation into Faroese from different modern languages. Jacob Dahl and Kristian Osvald Viderø (Fólkakirkjan) completed the second translation in 1961. The latter was translated from the original Biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek) into Faroese.

Culture

Culture of the Faroe Islands has its roots in the Nordic culture. The Faroe Islands were long isolated from the main cultural phases and movements that swept across parts of Europe. This means that they have maintained a great part of their traditional culture. The language spoken is Faroese and it is one of three insular Scandinavian languages descended from the Old Norse language spoken in Scandinavia in the Viking Age, the others being Icelandic and the extinct Norn, which is thought to have been mutually intelligible with Faroese. Until the 15th century, Faroese had a similar orthography to Icelandic and Norwegian, but after the Reformation in 1538, the ruling Danes outlawed its use in schools, churches and official documents. Although a rich spoken tradition survived, for 300 years the language was not written down. This means that all poems and stories were handed down orally. These works were split into the following divisions: sagnir (historical), ævintýr (stories) and kvæði (ballads), often set to music and the mediaeval chain dance). These were eventually written down in the 19th century.

Ólavsøka

The annual ólavsøka parade on the 28 July
The national holiday, Ólavsøka, is on 29 July, and commemorates the death of Saint Olaf. The celebrations are held in Tórshavn. They start on the evening of the 28th, and carry on until 31 July.
The official celebration starts on the 29th, with the opening of the Faroese Parliament, a custom which dates back some 900 years.[14] This begins with a service held in Tórshavn Cathedral; all members of parliament as well as civil and church officials walk to the cathedral in a procession. All of the parish ministers take turns giving the sermon. After the service, the procession returns to the parliament for the opening ceremony.
Other celebrations are marked by different kind of sports competitions, the rowing competition (in Tórshavn Harbour) being the most popular, art exhibitions, pop concerts, and the famous Faroese dance. The celebrations have many facets, and only a few are mentioned here.
People also mark the occasion by wearing the national Faroese dress.

The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands

.The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands (in Faroese Norðurlandahúsið) is the most important cultural institution in the Faroes.^ My plan is to spend 3 weeks in the Nordic countries at which my main focus will be the Faroe Islands...
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Dear Sir, I have just come across your most detailed website regarding the Faroe Islands and wish to compliment you.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

Its aim is to support and promote Scandinavia and Faroese culture, locally and in the Nordic region. Erlendur Patursson (1913-1986), Faroese member of the Nordic Council, put forward the idea of a Nordic cultural house in the Faroe Islands. A Nordic competition for architects was held in 1977, in which 158 architects participated. Winners were Ola Steen from Norway and Kolbrún Ragnarsdóttir from Iceland. By staying true to folklore, the architects built the Nordic House to resemble an enchanted hill of elves. The house opened in Tórshavn in 1983. The Nordic House is a cultural organization under the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic House is run by a steering committee of eight, of whom three are Faroese and five from other Nordic countries. There is also a local advisory body of fifteen members, representing Faroese cultural organizations. The House is managed by a director appointed by the steering committee for a four year term.

Music

Although Danish-born, Kristian Blak is one of the most influential people in the Faroese music scene.
The Faroe Islands have a very active music scene. The islands have their own symphony orchestra, the classical ensemble Aldubáran and many different choirs; the most well-known being Havnarkórið. The most well-known Faroese composers are Sunleif Rasmussen and the Dane Kristian Blak. Blak is also head of the record company Tutl.
The first Faroese opera was by Sunleif Rasmussen. It is entitled Í Óðamansgarði (The Madman´s Garden), and it had its premiere on 12 October 2006, at the Nordic House. The opera is based on a short story by the writer William Heinesen.
Young Faroese musicians who have gained much popularity recently are Eivør (Eivør Pálsdóttir), Lena (Lena Andersen), Teitur (Teitur Lassen), Høgni Reistrup, Høgni Lisberg and Brandur Enni.
Well-known bands include Týr, Gestir, The Ghost, Boys In A Band, 200 and the former band Clickhaze.
The festival of contemporary and classical music, Summartónar, is held each summer. Large open-air music festivals for popular music with both local and international musicians participating are G! Festival in Gøta in July and Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvík in August.

Traditional food

Traditional Faroese food: Dried mutton and whale meat and blubber.
Traditional Faroese food is mainly based on meat, seafood and potatoes and uses few fresh vegetables. Mutton is the basis of many meals, and one of the most popular treats is skerpikjøt, well aged, wind-dried mutton which is quite chewy. The drying shed, known as a hjallur, is a standard feature in many Faroese homes, particularly in the small towns and villages. Other traditional foods are ræst kjøt (semi-dried mutton) and ræstur fiskur, matured fish. Another Faroese specialty is Grind og spik, pilot whale meat and blubber. (A parallel meat/fat dish made with offal is garnatálg). Well into the last century, meat and blubber from a pilot whale meant food for a long time. Fresh fish also features strongly in the traditional local diet, as do seabirds, such as Faroese puffins, and their eggs. Dried fish is also commonly eaten.
There is one brewery called Föroya Bjór, which has produced beer since 1888 with exports mainly to Iceland and Denmark.A local specialty is fredrikk, a special brew, made in Nólsoy. .Hard alcohol like snaps is not allowed to be produced in the Faroe Islands, hence the Faroese aqua vit, Aqua Vita, is produced abroad.^ I'm very interested in Faroese history and culture, and would like to travel across them sometime in the next year or two...in the meantime, your site allows me to get a taste of what life must be like on the islands.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Very good website, i'd like to ride a bike around all the faroe islands, it's possible?
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ I would like to know what places in short time we should visit there, where should we travel in the Faroe Islands,so not to waist time wandering around.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

.Since the friendly British occupation, the Faroese have been fond of British food, in particular fish and chips and British-style chocolate such as Cadbury Dairy Milk which is found in many of the island's shops, whereas in Denmark this is scarce.^ I now live in British Columbia in Canada and it is many years since I visited the Faroes with my children, one of whom is named Jon.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

Whaling

Killed pilot whales on the beach in the village Hvalba on the southernmost Faroese island Suðuroy, 11 August 2002.
Whaling in the Faroe Islands has been practiced since 1584.[15] It is regulated by Faroese authorities but not by the International Whaling Commission as there are disagreements about the Commission's legal authority to regulate small cetacean hunts. A couple of hundred long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) are killed every couple of years, mainly during the summer. The hunts, called "grindadráp" in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. The boats then drive the pilot whales slowly into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord.
Most Faroese consider the hunt an important part of their culture and history. Animal-rights groups criticize the hunt as being cruel and unnecessary, while the hunters claim in return that most journalists do not exhibit sufficient knowledge of the catch methods or its economic significance.[16][17][18]
As of the end of November 2008, the chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer be considered fit for human consumption because of the levels of toxins in the whales.

Sport

The Faroe Islands compete in the biannual Island Games, which were hosted by the islands in 1989. 10 football teams contest the Faroe Islands Premier League Football, currently ranked 48th by UEFA's League coefficient. The Faroe Islands are a full member of UEFA and the Faroe Islands national football team competes in the UEFA European Football Championship. The Faroe Islands are also a full member of FIFA and the Faroe Islands national football team therefore also competes in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. .The Faroe Islands compete in the Paralympics, but have yet to make an appearance in the Olympics, where they compete as part of Denmark.^ I'm interested in scandinavian politics, i'd like to write about greenland and the faroe islands and their relationship to denmark.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Dear Jon, I thought I had a note from you to tell me about ferry or cruise ship travel between Iceland or Greenland to Denmark with a visit to the Faroe Islands.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Is it Faroe Island a part of Denmark or Norway?
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

Handcrafts

Lace knitting is a traditional handicraft. The most distinctive trait of Faroese lace shawls is the center back gusset shaping. Each shawl consists of two triangular side panels, a trapezoid-shaped back gusset, an edge treatment, and usually shoulder shaping.and the Grindaknívur

Public holidays

See also: Public holidays in Denmark

Climate

The climate is classed as Maritime Subarctic according to the (Köppen climate classification:Cfc). The overall character of the islands' climate is influenced by the strong warming influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which produces the North Atlantic Current. This, together with the remoteness of any sources of warm airflows, ensures that winters are mild (mean temperature 3.0 to 4.0°C) while summers are cool (mean temperature 9.5 to 10.5°C). The islands are windy, cloudy and cool throughout the year with over 260 annual rainy days. The islands lie in the path of depressions moving northeast and this means that strong winds and heavy rain are possible at all times of the year. Sunny days are rare and overcast days are common. Hurricane Faith struck the Faroe Islands on September 5 1996 with sustained winds still over 100 mph and only then did the storm cease to be a tropical system[19]

Flora

Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) very common in the Faroe Islands in May-June.
The natural vegetation of the Faroe Islands is dominated by Arctic-alpine plants, wildflowers, grasses, moss and lichen. Most of the lowland area is grassland and some is heath, dominated by shrubby heathers, mainly Calluna vulgaris. Among the numerous herbaceous flora that occur in the Faroe Islands is the Marsh Thistle, Cirsium palustre.
Faroe is characterised by the lack of trees, resembling Connemara and Dingle in Ireland and the Scottish islands.
A few small plantations consisting of plants collected from similar climates like Tierra del Fuego in South America and Alaska thrive on the islands.

Fauna

Birds

The bird fauna of the Faroe Islands is dominated by sea-birds and birds attracted to open land like heather, probably due to the lack of woodland and other suitable habitats. Many species have developed special Faroese sub-species: Common Eider, European Starling, Winter Wren, Common Guillemot, and Black Guillemot.[20] .The Pied Raven was endemic to the Faroe Islands, but has now become extinct.^ Now it seems that I'm acquainted with all people on Faroe Islands.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

Mammals

.Only a few species of wild land mammals are found in the Faroe Islands today, all introduced by humans.^ Dear Jon, I have been surfing the internet for some time, seeking information about Faroes Islands and I was very happy to find your webpage, which I found to be very informative.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Very good website, i'd like to ride a bike around all the faroe islands, it's possible?
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Hi Jon, This is a fantastic website - the best of any I've found on the Faroes - and has helped inspire me to visit the islands.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

Three species are thriving on the islands today: Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus), Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) and the House Mouse (Mus domesticus).
Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) are very common around the shorelines.
Several species of cetacean live in the waters around the Faroe Islands. Best known are the Long-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala melaena), but the more exotic Killer whales (Orcinus orca) sometimes visit the Faroese fjords.

Natural history and biology

A collection of Faroese marine algae resulting from a survey sponsored by NATO, the British Museum (Natural History) and the Carlsberg Foundation, is preserved in the Ulster Museum (catalogue numbers: F3195—F3307). It is one of ten exsiccatae sets.

References

  1. ^ [1] (Faroese)
  2. ^ [2] The Faroese National Bank (Faroese)
  3. ^ http://www.tinganes.fo/logir/Rikislogartilmaeli/2001Schengen.htm Implementation of Schengen convention by the prime minister as approved by the Løgting
  4. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/fo.html
  5. ^ Brittle tectonism in relation to the Palaeogene evolution of the Thulean/NE Atlantic domain: a study in Ulster Retrieved on 2007-11-10
  6. ^ a b c Statistics Faroe Islands; Labour Market and Wages Retrieved on 4 August 2009
  7. ^ http://folkaflokkurin.fo/xa.asp?fnk=grn&bnr=1&unr=3&gnr=329
  8. ^ Lyall, Sarah (2008-11-01). "Iceland, Mired in Debt, Blames Britain for Woes". New York Times. pp. A6. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/world/europe/02iceland.html?pagewanted=1. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ http://www.logting.fo/files/casestate/9193/011.09%20Evra-gjaldoyra%20(1).pdf
  10. ^ Highly discrepant proportions of female and male Scandinavian and British Isles ancestry within the isolated population of the Faroe Islands, http://www.nature.com/ejhg/journal/v14/n4/full/5201578a.html, Thomas D Als, Tove H Jorgensen, Anders D Børglum, Peter A Petersen, Ole Mors and August G Wang, 25 January 2006
  11. ^ The origin of the isolated population of the Faroe Islands investigated using Y chromosomal markers, http://www.springerlink.com/content/4yuhf5m7a22gc4qm/, Tove H. Jorgensen, Henriette N. Buttenschön, August G. Wang, Thomas D. Als, Anders D. Børglum and Henrik Ewald1, 8 April 2004.
  12. ^ Wang, C. August. 2006. Ílegur og Føroya Søga. In: Frøði pp.20-23
  13. ^ Statistical Facts about the Faroe Islands, http://www.tinganes.fo/Default.aspx?ID=219, The Prime Minister's Office, Accessed 4 August 2009
  14. ^ Schei, Kjørsvik Liv and Moberg, Gunnie. 1991. The Faroe Islands. ISBN 0-7195-5009-2
  15. ^ Brakes, Philippa (2004). "A background to whaling". in Philippa Brakes, Andrew Butterworth, Mark Simmonds & Philip Lymbery. Troubled Waters: A Review of the Welfare Implications of Modern Whaling Activities. p. 7. ISBN 0-9547065-0-1. http://www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/troubledwaters.pdf. 
  16. ^ [http://www.whaling.fo/thepilot.htm#Drivingthewhales "Whales and whaling in the Faroe Islands"]. Faroese Government. http://www.whaling.fo/thepilot.htm#Drivingthewhales. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  17. ^ [http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/99E632F7502FCC3B802568F20048794C "Why do whales and dolphins strand?"]. WDCS. http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/99E632F7502FCC3B802568F20048794C. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  18. ^ Chrismar, Nicole (28 July 2006). "Dolphins Hunted for Sport and Fertilizer". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=2248161&page=1. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  19. ^ GHCN Climate data, Thorshavn series 1881 to 2007
  20. ^ [3] The Faroese Fauna.

Literature

  • Irvine, D.E.G. 1982. Seaweeds of the Faroes 1: The flora. Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Bot.) 10: 109 - 131.
  • Tittley, I., Farnham, W.F. and Gray, P.W.G. 1982. Seaweeds of the Faroes 2: Sheltered fjords and sounds. Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Bot.) 10: 133 - 151.
  • Irvine, David Edward Guthrie. 1982. Seaweed of the Faroes 1: The flora. Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Bot.) 10(3): 109 - 131.

See also

External links

Government
General information
Tourism
Other
  • vifanord – a digital library that provides scientific information on the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as the Baltic region as a whole
  • Faroe Foraminifera – Deep Sea Fauna: Foraminifera of the Faroe shelf and Faroe-Shetland Channel - an image gallery and description of 56 specimens

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Scandinavia : Faroe Islands
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Capital Tórshavn, one of the smallest capitals in the world
Government Self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark
Currency Danish krone (DKK), Faroese króna at par
Area 1,399 sq km
Population 47,246 (July 2006 est.)
Language Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish. English; Nordic; widely spoken
Religion Evangelical Lutheran
Electricity 230V/50Hz (European plug)
Calling Code +298
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.The Faroe or Faeroe Islands [1] (in Faroese Føroyar) are 18 islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway.^ Faroe Islands, located halfway between Iceland and Norway, is usually an idyllic and very scenic place.
  • Faroe Island's Grindadráp - Neatorama 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.neatorama.com [Source type: General]

^ The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 upthrusted hunks of igneous rock in the middle of precisely nowhere, the stretch of North Atlantic halfway between Norway and Iceland .
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 17 September 2009 5:40 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ The Faeroe Islands also has free trade agreements with Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Faroe Islands, Profiles home 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Islands are a self-governing island territory of Denmark, although they politically aim for higher independence.^ The Faroe Islands are a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark.
  • Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands 18 September 2009 6:06 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Greenland is a self-governing dependency of Denmark.
  • Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands 18 September 2009 6:06 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Faroe Islands are politically associated with the Kingdom of Denmark, but have been self-governing since 1948.
  • F�royar - Faroe Islands 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.mpichard.ca [Source type: General]

.The Islands have a population of nearly 50.000 (48.290 march 2005), and a language and culture of their own.^ Name: E-mail: Security Code: Comment: (50-4000 characters) Culture of Faroe Islands forum « Falkland Islands .
  • Culture of Faroe Islands - traditional, history, people, clothing, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, population, religion, rituals, History and ethnic relations 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rank: 165 Population density : 33 people per sq km Net migration rate: 0.94 migrant(s)/1,000 population ((2005 est.
  • People 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.lexas.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No Nation Is an Island: Language, Culture, and National Identity in the Faroe Islands , 1996.
  • Culture of Faroe Islands - traditional, history, people, clothing, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, population, religion, rituals, History and ethnic relations 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.When visiting the Faroes you are never more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean.^ I have never eaten whale's meat for more than 20 years.
  • Faroe Island's Grindadráp - Neatorama 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.neatorama.com [Source type: General]

^ You'll find more than just FAEROE ISLANDS hotels!

^ But I don’t see you raising awareness, trying to help these more than 100.000.000 animals living a sad life.
  • Pilot Whales Brutally Slaughtered Annually in the Faroe Islands | EarthFirst.com 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC earthfirst.com [Source type: General]

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. .Most visitors to the islands come between early July and late August when the weather is fairest.^ Weather in july/august?
  • Faroe Islands Travel Forum - VirtualTourist.com 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC forum.virtualtourist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Members of the Rio DX Group will operate from Comprida Island (Grid Locator: GG65) July 25th to August 3rd .
  • Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 617, July 7, 2003 15 September 2009 8:36 UTC ng3k.com [Source type: General]

^ Dear Sir, I have just come across your most detailed website regarding the Faroe Islands and wish to compliment you.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

Regions

.The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 (545.3 sq miles) and is 113 km (70 miles) long and 75 km (47 miles) wide.^ The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 upthrusted hunks of igneous rock in the middle of precisely nowhere, the stretch of North Atlantic halfway between Norway and Iceland .
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 17 September 2009 5:40 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

.17 islands are inhabited, leaving just one uninhabited island, the smallest island, Lítla Dímum.^ Dal-Christiansen lives on the main island of Streymoy, a short drive outside of Torshavn, at 18,000 inhabitants Europes smallest capital.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

The precipitous terrain limits habitation to small coastal lowlands. .The islands are connected by tunnels, causeways, and a regular public ferry service.^ Is there any ferry service to the Faroe Islands along this route?
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ The majority of the Faroe Islands are connected by bridges or serviced by boat.
  • Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands 18 September 2009 6:06 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The Faroe Islands consist of the following regions
.
  • Northern Islands - the six Northern islands, (Borðoy, Kunoy, Kalsoy, Viðoy, Svínoy and Fugloy), have made up one administrative area since Norse times.^ The islands experienced considerable economic difficulties following the collapse of the fishing industry in the early 1990s, but have since made efforts to diversify the economy.

    ^ (Denmark & Greenland) 3-digit postcode areas (Denmark, Faroe Islands & Greenland) 2-digit postcode areas (Denmark & Faroe Islands) 1-digit postcode areas (Denmark & Faroe Islands) Denmark Administrative .
    • GfK Macon Digital Maps: Faroe Islands - Spatial Insights, Inc. 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.spatialinsights.com [Source type: Reference]

    ^ Do you think one week would be enough time to see a few of the islands?
    • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

    .The volcanic origin of the Faroe Islands is more pronounced here than anywhere else.^ Here, more than anywhere, one feels the spirit of the Faroe Islands.
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Vikings settled the islands more than a thousand years ago, and almost 50,000 of their descendants now live here, sharing space with 75,000 more or less freely roaming sheep.
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Faroe Islands People Photos *** Note: Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.
    • Joshua Project - Ethnic People Groups of Faroe Islands 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.joshuaproject.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The Landscape is very dramatic.
  • Eysturoy - Eysturoy is the second largest island. .The landscape in the north is very steep.
  • Northern Streymoy - Streymoy is the largest and main island.^ Northern Europe, island group between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Iceland to Norway .
    • Faroe Islands - SPAMfighter 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.spamfighter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Faroe Islands 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.my-world-guide.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Dal-Christiansen lives on the main island of Streymoy, a short drive outside of Torshavn, at 18,000 inhabitants Europes smallest capital.
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    .The north is less densely populated but there are some wonderful villages.
  • Southern Streymoy - here the capital Tórshavn is situated and the area surrounding the capital is where the largest number of people live.
  • Vágar or Vága - and Mykines make up the Vága region.^ Art Galleries There are a couple of art galleries in the capital Tórshavn including the national art gallery Listaskálin.

    ^ Dal-Christiansen lives on the main island of Streymoy, a short drive outside of Torshavn, at 18,000 inhabitants Europes smallest capital.
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Weather: Weather now at Akraberg, Mykines, Tórshavn and Vágar - Current Weather Conditions: Sørvág / Vágar .
    • F�royar - Faroe Islands 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.mpichard.ca [Source type: General]

    Vágar is the third largest island, and is where the airport is situated. Mykines, the small island to the west, is well known for its bird life and remote location.
  • Sandoy - the region is made up of three islands with the largest being Sandoy, the other two are Skúvoy and Stóri Dímun.
  • Suðuroy - the most southern island and Lítli Dímun - The smallest island which is uninhibited.

Towns and villages

.Right until the late 19th century, people spent most of their lives in the same village.^ Aggie on November 19th, 2008 9:09 pm It’s shame for humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We live in 21st century but are actually as PRIMITIVE as thousands of years ago.
  • Pilot Whales Brutally Slaughtered Annually in the Faroe Islands | EarthFirst.com 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC earthfirst.com [Source type: General]

Towns didn’t start to appear until very late. .For instance, the capital, Tórshavn, only counted about 100 inhabitants in 1900, whereas today the number has escalated into nearly 20.000. In the Faroe Islands the traditional village was to a certain extent self-sufficient.^ This is the best site about the Faroe Islands I have ever seen.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ The Faroe Islands are a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark.
  • Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands 18 September 2009 6:06 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I wonder if you could give me some info about going there in Faroe Island.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

.Historically there was a limit to how many families it could support.^ But have any of you, just the smallest clue about how many pilot whales there are in our oceans.
  • Pilot Whales Brutally Slaughtered Annually in the Faroe Islands | EarthFirst.com 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC earthfirst.com [Source type: General]

.When the fishing industry took off in 1872, it was the beginning of the end for the traditional way of life in the small villages as fishing replaced farming and the growing population chose to settle in the fast growing towns instead.^ Traditional open-boat, inshore fishing had already become the mainstay of the export economy, supporting a population that was growing rapidly after centuries of stagnation.
  • Culture of Faroe Islands - traditional, history, people, clothing, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, population, religion, rituals, History and ethnic relations 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The fish farming industry itself conducts research to improve the quality and efficiency of production.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Faroe Islands, Profiles home 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fields of research within the fish farming industry are: .
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.Even so, today there are still over a hundred villages in the Faroe Islands.^ Towns, villages, islands and other places Bygdir kring allar Føroyar - All villages of the Faroe Islands (location, photos).
  • F�royar - Faroe Islands 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.mpichard.ca [Source type: General]

^ Enlarge This Image Nadav Kander The Roykstovan, the oldest inhabited wooden structure in Europe, in the Faroe Islands village of Kirkjubour; the Patursson family has lived there for 17 generations.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

.Nearly every single one of them is situated near the ocean, and to new visitors they all seem to be very much alike.^ While most of them seem to hang onto the “barbaric tradition” aspect and abuse that angle, very few really address that the dolphins are not really killed for fun: they are killed for sustenance.
  • Pilot Whales Brutally Slaughtered Annually in the Faroe Islands | EarthFirst.com 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC earthfirst.com [Source type: General]

^ They want to reach every place in the world with very strong signals from Africa in a 10 days, 24 hours, all modes, all bands operation.
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.The houses are either painted in bright colours or the traditional black, whilst the roofs are often turf covered.^ Their icon remains the turf-roofed house.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

The buildings are usually built very close to each other, which is very cosy. Every village is surrounded by a cultivated infield, and surrounding it is the uncultivated outfield. .In most places the sheep occupy the outfield troughout the whole year.^ This can take place at any time of the year, but catches are most common in July and August when the days are long and the weather is more stable.
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Map of Faroe Islands
.Map of Faroe Islands
  • Tórshavn - The capital and largest city
  • Klaksvík - The main industrial city
  • Hoyvík - Located north from Tórshavn and now effectively a suburb.
  • Tvøroyri - The second largest city on Suðuroy
  • Vágur - The largest town on Suðuroy
  • Runavík - The largest village in Eysturoy, kind of an agglomeration together with Toftir and Saltangrá
  • Fuglafjørður - Has a cultural centre that has become one of the main cultural attractions in Eysturoy
  • Vestmannabjørgini (Vestmanna Birdcliffs) - The birdcliffs are situated north of Vestmanna.^ Faroe Islands Map (worldonline.dk).
    • F�royar - Faroe Islands 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.mpichard.ca [Source type: General]

    ^ Map of the Faroe Islands Map (framtak.com).
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    ^ A 60-second guide to the faroe islands .
    • Ruaridh Nicoll travels north to experience the Faroe Islands | Travel | The Observer 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    The half of a kilometre high cliffs are one of the highpoints of a trip to the Faroes.
  • Mjørkadalur
  • Tinganes

Understand

The Faroese tourist season is very short. It begins in May and ends by September. .Most visitors come between July and August by far.^ This can take place at any time of the year, but catches are most common in July and August when the days are long and the weather is more stable.
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.If you would like to avoid the busiest season, it is best to visit the Faroes in late May or early June, although you shouldn’t expect raising temperatures during this period.^ The main fishing areas are in the Faeroe- Shetland Channel and in the Faeroe Bank Channel during the top season in late April to early June.
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^ Would you believe I’m actually not 100% sure about a win against the Faroes.
  • La Liste for Faroe Islands and Austria - France 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC france.worldcupblog.org [Source type: General]

^ I would like to know what places in short time we should visit there, where should we travel in the Faroe Islands,so not to waist time wandering around.
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

The main reasons why people tend to visit the islands are because of the nature and scenery. But the tranquillity of the islands also plays a major part. .Bus rides, horse trekking, mountain hikes and boat trips are all ways to enjoy the magnificent wild green landscape.^ On the way back I hitched a ride on the large sailing boat packed with drunken Icelanders who were working on the breakwater celebrating their national day.
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And the islands are undeniably beautiful: green, rugged and wind-swept.
Because the islands are so close to the Arctic Circle, the amount of daylight varies by season. The sun sets briefly each night in June, so there are several hours of twilight, before the sun comes back up again. .During the winter there are no days of complete darkness, but about five hours of daylight.^ There is no information about the Embassy of Bangladesh in Faroe Islands .
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^ There is no information about the Embassy of Ethiopia in Faroe Islands .
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^ There is no information about the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Faroe Islands .
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.The Faroe Islands' primary industry is the fishing industry and the islands have one of the smallest independent economic entities in the world.^ Faroe Islands - National Fishery Sector Overview (from NFSO) NFSO National Fishery Sector Overview - provides a comprehensive overview of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for each country featured, including economic and demographic information, structure of the industry, development prospects, sector management and status and trends.
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^ One example of this is the company JFK - an integrated cooperation within the fishing industry - which has employed a researcher in processing technology with the aim of improving traceability.
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^ Harbors such as this are the hubs of the islands' vital fishing industry.
  • Culture of Faroe Islands - traditional, history, people, clothing, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, population, religion, rituals, History and ethnic relations 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The fishing industry accounts for over 80% of the total export value of goods, which are mainly processed fish products and fish farming.^ Export of fish and fish products by form in 2002 .
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^ Total production of farmed fish in 2003 was 65,517 tons.
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^ The fish farming industry itself conducts research to improve the quality and efficiency of production.
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Tourism is the second largest industry, followed by woollen and other manufactured products. .The unemployment rate in the Faroes is extremely low.^ CRIME: Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroes all have relatively low violent crime rates; however, non-violent crimes of opportunity have increased over the last few years.
  • Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands 18 September 2009 6:06 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Our Rates are low and cheap for calling FAROE ISLANDS with FAROE ISLANDS online phone cards.
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People

.The Faroes were colonised by Norwegians in the 9th century - according to history the first settler was Grímur Kamban, a Norwegian Viking who made his home in Funningur on Eysturoy in 825. The Faroese population has largely descended from these settlers.^ The population of the Faroe Islands is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century.
  • Jobs in Faroe Islands Careers, Jobs, Education - Careers.org 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC international.careers.org [Source type: News]
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^ The precious meat and blubber is distributed, first according to who spotted and who killed, then according to need, with a special emphasis on the elderly, sick and poor.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ When the Vikings first arrived, they made rock foundations in the shapes of their boats, turned the boats over on top of the rocks and then, to stabilize and insulate these makeshift houses, put sod on the hulls of the boats.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

Recent DNA analyses have revealed that Y chromosomes, tracing male descent, are 87% Scandinavian. However, the studies also show that mitochondrial DNA, tracing female descent, is 84% Scottish or Irish. Today the population is 48.220 (1st March 2006). About 19,300 people live in the metropolitan area which comprises Tórshavn, Kirkjubøur, Velabastaður, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur, Hoyvík, Argir, Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur, Kollafjørður, Signabøur and Oyrareingir. About 4,700 people live in Klaksvík, the second largest town in the islands. .Faroese is the national language, it is rooted in Old Norse.^ Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish .
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Politics

.The Viking settlers established their own parliament called "ting" around 800. Local things were established in different parts of the islands.^ The islands have been an autonomous region of Denmark since 1948, with their own parliament and own flag.
  • Ruaridh Nicoll travels north to experience the Faroe Islands | Travel | The Observer 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

The main thing was established on Tinganes in Tórshavn. .About the turn of the millennium the Faroes came under control of the Norwegian king.^ (As legend has it, the two neer-do-wells were towing the Faroes from Norway to Iceland when the sun came up, and they turned to stone.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

.In 1380 the Faroes along with Orkney, Shetland, Iceland and Greenland, came with Norway into a union with Denmark.^ I want to start in Denmark trekking through Sweden, Finland, Norway then across to the Faroes - I will also consider going to Iceland and possibly Greenland if time & money permit...
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ Dear Jon, I thought I had a note from you to tell me about ferry or cruise ship travel between Iceland or Greenland to Denmark with a visit to the Faroe Islands.
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^ The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 upthrusted hunks of igneous rock in the middle of precisely nowhere, the stretch of North Atlantic halfway between Norway and Iceland .
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
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.At the end of the Napoleanic wars, by the Treaty of Kiel in 1814, Denmark was forced to cede Norway to Sweden, but kept the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland.^ When Norway was taken away from Denmark at the Treaty of Kiel in 1814, Denmark retained possession of the Faroe Islands.

^ I want to start in Denmark trekking through Sweden, Finland, Norway then across to the Faroes - I will also consider going to Iceland and possibly Greenland if time & money permit...
  • Faroe Islands / faroeislands.dk 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.faroeislands.dk [Source type: General]

^ The Faroe Islands are a cluster of 18 islands lying in the north Atlantic, north west of Scotland, half way between Norway and Iceland.
  • Ruaridh Nicoll travels north to experience the Faroe Islands | Travel | The Observer 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.In 1816, two years later, the Faroes were made into a Danish County and the old parliament was abolished.^ Later, a few miles out of Torshavn in Kirkjubour, the most ancient of ancient places in the Faroes, Eysturoy holds an old whaling knife up to my nose.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ I am 41 years old and travelling with a group of friends for the world cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
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The Danish Governor became the highest authority in the Faroes.
.In 1849 the Danish parliamentary constitution was made to apply in the Faroe Islands.^ This rating applies to Greenland and the Faroe Islands as well.
  • Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands 18 September 2009 6:06 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He loves the Faroe Islands deeply, but honestly, and applies his favorite epithet stupid to them liberally.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Faroe Islands Crawler Terms of Use and Privacy Policy .
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In 1852 the Faroese parliament was reinstated as a county council, but served mainly as an advisory power. The Danish governor presided at all meetings and was a co-opted member. At the same time the Faroes came to be represented at the Danish parliament. .It should be stated that, although the Faroe Islands have recognised the Royal powers, they have never been a part of Denmark.^ Unlike Denmark, the Faroes are not part of the European Union.
  • Ruaridh Nicoll travels north to experience the Faroe Islands | Travel | The Observer 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The Faroe Islands are a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark.
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^ Client Testimonials Faroe Islands Crawler has delivered what they promised.
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Only the Danish kingdom.
.During World War II, Denmark was being occupied by the Germans, while the Faroes had a friendly occupation by the British.^ On April 12, 1940, the Faroes were occupied by British troops following the invasion of Denmark by Nazi Germany.

During this time the Faroese parliament carried both the legislative and the fiscal responsibility. The Faroese people had a taste of self-government and a return to status quo seemed impossible.
.After a referendum, which led to a very small majority voting for independence, in 1946 negotiations took place between the two countries and the outcome was the Home Rule Act in 1948. The Faroese were from then on responsible for most matters of government.^ What these painters all had in common was, that the Faroese landscape, with traditional small villages, mountains and fjords, played a significant part in most of their paintings.

^ Control of the islands reverted to Denmark following the war, but in 1948 a home rule regime was implemented granting a high degree of local autonomy.

^ They use a trawl that is towed between two vessels acting as a pair.
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The parliament can legislate on matters of local importance, and Danish laws can be rejected. The parliament has between twenty-seven and thirty-two members. The leader of the cabinet has the status of prime minister. The Faroes are still represented in the Danish parliament by two representatives. Also, since 1970 the Faroes have had independent status in the Nordic Council. Furthermore, the Faroes have their own flag (merkið). .And unlike Denmark the islands are not a member of the EU and all trade is governed by special treaties.^ The Faroe Islands are a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark.
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^ The Faeroe Islands is a self-governing part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
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^ When Norway was taken away from Denmark at the Treaty of Kiel in 1814, Denmark retained possession of the Faroe Islands.

Climate

The weather is maritime and quite unpredictable. It can change quickly and it varies extremely, from moments of brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to showers - there can be sunshine on one side of the mountain range, while it's raining on the other side. During the summer the islands are often overcast by summerfog. .The Gulf Stream south of the islands tempers the climate.^ It is oddly temperate, thanks to the currents of the Gulf Stream, and oddly green, thanks in part to the two million pairs of seabirds guillemots, fulmars, storm petrels and, of course, the famously cute puffins that carpet the islands in guano each breeding season.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

The harbors never freeze and the temperature in winter time is very moderate considering the high latitude. Snowfall occurs, but it is short-lived. .The average temperature ranges from 3 C in the wintertime to 11 C during the summer, the temperature can be much higher, but the air is always fresh and clean no matter the season.^ There are uncharted waters in some fjords, and frigid water temperatures, even during the summer months.
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Landscape

With their volcanic origin the 18 islands are rugged and rocky. The average height above sea level for the country is 300 m (982 ft). The highest peak, Slættaratindur, is 882 m (2883 ft) above sea level. .There are 1100 km (687 miles) of coastline and at no time is one more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean.^ There are five factory trawlers of more than 2000 GRT equipped with automatic filleting machines, processing high quality cod and haddock fillets.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Faroe Islands, Profiles home 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Here, more than anywhere, one feels the spirit of the Faroe Islands.
  • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

Mountains and valleys mostly characterize the inner landscape. .The faroese west coast is characterized by steep slopes and bird cliffs, that in the summertime are full of nesting seabirds such as puffins.^ Boat trips from Vestmanna to the bird cliffs are run by the Skuvadal family ( puffin.fo/en ).
  • Ruaridh Nicoll travels north to experience the Faroe Islands | Travel | The Observer 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

Something that first meets the eye of a traveller is the lack of trees in the Faroes. The reason for this are the thousands of sheep that occupy the islands.
  • Vága floghavn [2]. The Faroe Islands are served by one airport. The airport is on the island of Vágar. .The location was chosen by the British during the occupation of the islands during World War II. About 180.000 passengers fly to and from the airport every year.^ They are equipped with baiting machinery, which automatically baits the longline during the setting, enable them to work in excess of 30,000 hooks every 24 hours.
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    ^ I am 41 years old and travelling with a group of friends for the world cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
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    ^ Greenpeace used to agitate about the kills, in spite of the fact that the pilots are not endangered and that the Faroese use every ounce of every one of the 1,000 whales taken in an average year.
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Vágar is connected to the largest island Streymoy (on which the capital Tórshavn is situated) by a sub-sea tunnel.^ Dal-Christiansen lives on the main island of Streymoy, a short drive outside of Torshavn, at 18,000 inhabitants Europes smallest capital.
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    A bridge connects Eysturoy to Streymoy. .There are buses to Torshavn and other major cities; the schedules are aligned (more or less) with the arrival of all flights.^ Trains and buses connect Copenhagen with other major cities in Denmark, and to Norway, Sweden, and Germany.
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    ^ Especially in Copenhagen and other major Danish cities, tourists can become targets for pickpockets and sophisticated thieves.
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    ^ Country map showing major cities and other features.
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    The price to Tórshavn is (summer 2006) around €14. You might need to change buses if you are going to Klaksvik. .Check the schedule with the driver, there might be a lot of waiting time.
  • Atlantic Airways [3], connects the Faroes with a couple of chosen cities in Scandinavia.^ GETTING THERE: The easiest way to arrive is through Copenhagen, from which there are several daily flights on Atlantic Airways ( www.atlantic.fo ).
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    The Faroes are accessible by regular commercial air service from Copenhagen (3 times a day), Oslo and Stavanger (twice a week in the summer time) and Reykjavík (twice a week). It also flies to London. It is the only airline with a scheduled service to the Faroes.
Be aware that summer fog is a problem when flying to the Faroes in the summer months. The planes can't land in this weather and will often divert to Iceland where you will stay until the weather clears. This also means that flights out of the Faroes can be disrupted too. Allow yourself a few days either side of your visit to the Faroes in case of flight delays.
.
  • Smyril Line [4] operates an all year Cruise and car ferry service by the big car ferry, Norrøna, with regular sailings to the Faroe Islands.^ The majority of the Faroe Islands are connected by bridges or serviced by boat.
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    ^ CRIME: Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroes all have relatively low violent crime rates; however, non-violent crimes of opportunity have increased over the last few years.
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    ^ LAY OF THE LAND: Its easiest to get around the islands by car and ferry.
    • Into the Mystical Unreal Reality of the Faroe Islands - New York Times 16 January 2010 23:37 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    In the summer time there is service twice a week. .The Ferry continues onwards to Denmark (Hanstholm/Esbjerg) from the Faroe islands.^ The Faroe Islands are a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark.
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    On Iceland the ferry departs from Seyðisfjörður on the east coast. It is the only ferry service with a scheduled services to Iceland.
Due to the recession, Smyril Line will NOT be operating to Scrabster or Bergen in 2009 or 2010. All passengers to/from the UK and Norway must now go via Denmark
.Getting to the Faroes by boat takes longer than by plane but has the advantage of allowing you to take your own vehicle.^ Would you allow me to put a link to your site on mine?
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^ The Faroe Islands country code 298 will allow you to call Faroe Islands from another country.
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^ With the complete Faroe Islands dialing code, you can make your international call.
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.For people arriving by yachts, there are several harbors around the islands.^ There are around twenty one companies engaged in twenty three freshwater sites in the islands raising smolts.
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The best are found in the capital Tórshavn, Klaksvík, Tvøroyri, Vágur, Vestmanna, Sørvágur, Miðvágur, Runavík, and Fuglafjørður.

Get around

.The Faroe Islands are a small country and getting around is easy.^ Not looking for Faroe Islands country codes?
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^ Faroe Islands Country Code 298 .
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^ The Faroe Islands ISO country code is a two- or three-letter code to represent Faroe Islands internationally.
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All of the Islands are connected by a public transport system.

Travelling between Islands

.The two largest islands, Streymoy and Eysturoy, are connected by a bridge, Sundabrúgvin, or the Channel Bridge.^ The majority of the Faroe Islands are connected by bridges or serviced by boat.
  • Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands 18 September 2009 6:06 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Since 2002 a sub-sea tunnel connects the island of Vágar with Streymoy and since 2006 a sub-sea tunnel connects Borðoy to Eysturoy.^ The islands have been connected politically to Denmark since the 14th century.
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These are toll tunnels and you have to pay when driving from Vágar to Streymoy and from Borðoy to Eysturoy. Road causeways connect Borðoy with Viðoy and Kunoy. .The other main Islands Sandoy and Suðuroy have excellent car-ferry connections to Streymoy, making motoring in the Faroes easy and pleasant.^ Faroe Islands phone code will enable you to make phone calls to Faroe Islands from another country.
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^ Faroe Islands You may not know where the Faroe Islands are, but their history and geography make them a great destination in northern Europe.
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^ To make an international call to Faroe Islands, you may also need a city or area code.
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Strandfaraskip Landsins, the Faroese public transport service, publishes an annual timetable (Ferðaætlan [5]) containing details of all ferry and bus schedules. It is available from the Passenger Terminal in Tórshavn, and all tourist information centres. When using a car ferry please note that it is not possible to make advanced bookings. .You should be at the pier no later than 20 minutes before scheduled departure, and on Friday and Sunday evenings it is advisable to be ahead of time if you want to secure a place for the car.^ Having them both together means that any time you want to display the store ...

^ Flight Hotel Packages Car Cruise Activities What type of Package do you want?
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^ For some time now, I have been slightly obsessed with the Faeroes and have even started to learn the language out of a book, which should result in very interesting pronounciation indeed.
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Sub Sea Tunnel Fares

.Vehicles up to 3500 kg and up to 6 m, DKK 130. Vehicles between 6 and 12,5 m, DKK 350. You shouldn´t pay your fare any later than three days after using the sub sea tunnel.^ Customers with dial up internet service should use the connect later option to give them time to get off the Internet before the switch calls.
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^ Faroe Islands country codes are listed here for your reference, along with other information you may find useful.
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^ Using PHP or ASP on .html pages Assuming your server is PHP or ASP enabled, you usually need to have your webpage named pagename .
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.You may pay at any petrol station on the islands.^ Faroe Islands You may not know where the Faroe Islands are, but their history and geography make them a great destination in northern Europe.
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^ To make an international call to Faroe Islands, you may also need a city or area code.
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^ You may also see 298 referred to as the Faroe Islands country phone code, or Faroe Islands international calling code.
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Otherwise an invoice will be sent to the car owner.

By car

The first motor road connecting two villages wasn’t built until 1916, and travellers were limited to mountain paths and rowing boats. Nevertheless, today driving is easy with an excellent 600-km network of well maintained tarmaced roads and tunnels. The density of cars is one of the highest in Europe.
.The numerous road tunnels in the Faroe Islands mean that drivers of large vehicles must plan their routes by finding out in advance which tunnel they can enter.^ The population of the Faroe Islands is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century.
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^ Out in the distance loom Risin and Kellingin, the two most iconic sea stacks in the Faroe Islands, known as the witch and the giant.
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^ Tel3Advantage's Smart Faroe Islands Phone Card uses ANI (Caller ID) Recognition Technology so that callers don't have to enter a Pin each time they make a call.

Driving is on the right and most road signs follow international standards. Headlights must be on when driving and the use of seat belts is required. The speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph) and 50 kph (30 mph) in the towns and villages. For cars with trailers, the speed limit is 50 kph and for caravans the speed limit is 60 kph. The consequences for speeding are severe.
Parking in the towns of Tórshavn, Klaksvík and Runavík is restricted. .Parking discs must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of the front windscreen showing the time you parked your car.^ Having them both together means that any time you want to display the store ...

These display discs are available at no charge from banks and the tourist offices. There is a fine of DKK 200 for parking violations.

Car Rental

Tórshavn
Vágar
  • AVIS Føroyar, Vágar airport, FO-380 Sørvágur. Tel: 358800/212765.
  • HERTZ - 62N.fo NEW NAME, Vágar airport/Hotel Vágar, FO-380 Sørvágur. Tel: 340036/213546, hertzl@ff.fo

By bus

Passenger road transport is run by private companies, but is coordinated by a public body.
.The inter-town bus system (Bygdaleiðir), has together with the public ferry company established a coherent and well-developed public transport system which takes in all settlements on the islands.^ Steps that you can take: Check the current validity of your passport and the availability of blank visa pages All travelers will need a valid passport for their travels to Faroe Islands.
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This means that there are bus services to all places - maybe not often, but every day!
Bygdaleiðir´s buses are in the colour of blue. A schedule (Ferðaætlan) listing the various timetables for the inter-town buses (and ferries) may be purchased from the tourist office, as well as the central bus station near the harbour in Tórshavn. Transport is quite expensive, so check for student discount or multiple-ride-cards. Students as well as children and pensioners are eligible for discounts on fares provided they show a student or pensioner identity card. .There is a four day travel card meant for tourists which is valid for all buses and ferries.^ However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.
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^ All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Faroe Islands.
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It is well worth its price if you are planning to get around the islands by public transport.
The buses are equipped with radios. If you are planning to change buses, do tell the driver in advance, as he will make sure the other bus waits for you.
The capital Tórshavn offers a local bus service (Bussleiðin) with four routes that reach most area of the town which is free. The red coloured-buses operate every half-hour during the day through out the week and hourly on weekday evenings. The buses don´t operate on Saturday or on Sunday evening which can be inconvenient for tourists. Route maps and schedules may be obtained on the buses, at Kiosk Steinatún in the centre of town, or at Kunningarstovan, the local tourist information in Tórshavn.

By Helicopter

You can splurge, and take a helicopter (or a cheaper ferry) to all the faraway places. - for example to Mykines, the picturesque island far west. Atlantic Airways offers a helicopter service to selected towns and villages throughout the Faroes. Contact Atlantic Airways directly at phone no. 341060. Booking is required. The service is intended for locals and as such tourists can only book one way of a journey but you can use the ferry and bus services to make the return journey.
The service may be affected by the weather -- a heavy overcast with low clouds, for example may cause the flights to be cancelled.

Talk

The native and official language of the Faroes is Faroese, which is a West Nordic or West Scandinavian language. It is one of three insular Scandinavian languages descended from the Old Norse language spoken in Scandinavia in the Viking Age, the others being Icelandic and the extinct Norn, which is presumed to have been mutually intelligible with Faroese. .Speakers of modern Scandinavian languages such as Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic may be able to puzzle out the written language, though spoken Faroese is generally not mutually intelligible with these languages.^ These painters came to be known as the first generation of Faroese artists.

Until the 15th century, Faroese had a similar orthography to Icelandic and Norwegian, but after the Reformation 1538, the ruling Danes outlawed its use in schools, churches and official documents. The islanders continued to use the language in ballads, folktales, and everyday life. This maintained a rich spoken tradition, but for 300 years the language was not written.
In 1854 ,Venceslaus Ulricus Hammershaimb published a written standard for Modern Faroese that exists to this day. He produced an orthography consistent with a continuous written tradition extending back to Old Norse. The letter ð, for example, has no specific phonemes attached to it. Also, although the letter 'm' corresponds to the bilabial nasal as it does in English, it corresponds to the alveolar nasal (English 'm') in the dative ending -um (rhymes wth English room).
.In 1937, Faroese replaced Danish as the official school language, in 1938 as church language, and in 1948 as national language by the Home Rule Act of the Faroes.^ Control of the islands reverted to Denmark following the war, but in 1948 a home rule regime was implemented granting a high degree of local autonomy.

^ The national awakening since 1888 was first based on a struggle for the Faroese language, and thus more culturally oriented, but after 1906 was more and more politically oriented after the foundation of the political parties of the Faroe Islands.

Today, Danish is considered a foreign language, though it is a required subject for students from 3rd grade and up.
English is also widely spoken. Other Nordic languages are also understood.

Buy

Currency

The Faroese currency is the Danish crown (in Danish: den danske krone), abbreviated kr. .But since the Faroe Islands are a self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroese government prints its own currency, the Króna, although Danish coins are used.^ Faroe Islands are a territory of Denmark.
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^ Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark) .
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^ Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1948 .
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The coins come in 25 and 50 oyra (one quarter and one half of a Króna, respectively), 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 króna. Paper notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 króna. the exchange value on notes is equivalent to the Danish crown, and there is no service charge on exchange, as Danish notes are equally acceptable as the Faroese króna throughout the country. .Take care to withdraw as minimal an amount of Faroese currency as necessary, as it can be very difficult (or impossible) to exchange the currency outside of the Faroe Islands, even in Denmark.^ Atlantic Airways (Faroe Islands) - Flying out the Faroes, Atlantic Airways services include flights to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the UK (including the Shetlands).
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^ Faroese proposals for full independence have been deferred; Iceland, the UK, and Ireland dispute Denmark's claim that the Faroe Islands' continental shelf extends beyond 200 nm This page was last updated on 13 December, 2007 .
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^ Faroese proposals for full independence have been deferred; Iceland, the UK, and Ireland dispute Denmark's claim that the Faroe Islands' continental shelf extends beyond 200 nm .

Faroese Notes
Faroese banknote series [8].

Costs

You should note that almost everything in the Faroe Islands is expensive. All consumer sales include a 25% sales tax but displayed prices are legally required to include this, so they are always exact. If you are from outside the EU/Scandinavia you can have some of your sales tax refunded [9] when leaving the country.

Shopping

Opening hours in the Faroes are longer than they used to be, but many smaller stores still close early on Saturday (usually at 2PM ) and nearly everything is closed on Sundays.
.It is very modern to wear wool and woolen clothing on the Faroe Islands.^ I am very impressed by what I have seen and read about the Faroe Islands here, on this site, or elsewhere.
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^ It's very complete, and I learned a lot about Faroe Islands.
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^ Very good website, i'd like to ride a bike around all the faroe islands, it's possible?
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You definitely will find trendy sweaters, jackets and (cheaper) hats and gloves. Check out the shops "Sirri" and "Guðrun og Guðrun".

Eat

.Most traditional Faroese cuisine involves meat, either lamb or fish.^ Make the most Iceland's Bjrdagurinn celebrations, stop for a late night snack at a Finnish grilli and yell yourself hoarse at a traditional Faroese rowing competition.
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The traditional Faroese kitchen mainly owes its food traditions to the archipelago´s harsh climate. This is due to the fact that in earlier days the food culture on the islands was not very extensive. It is hard to find a Faroese dish on the menu of a restaurant, but it is possible at certain restaurants and hotels.
Distinctive Faroese foods include:
  • Wild seabirds fx puffins. The puffins are stuffed with cake and served with potatoes and wild berries
  • Skerpikjøt, dried mutton that has been hung for over a year and is eaten raw
  • Ræst kjøt, meat that has been hung for a couple of months to mature before cooking
  • Ræstur fiskur, dried fish that has been hung in the same way as ræstkjøt
  • Turrur fiskur, dried fish
  • Grind og spik, whale meat and blubber
  • Rhubarb since it is easy to cultivate

Restaurants

.There is an increased number of restaurants in Tórshavn (the capital), a few good ones are mentioned below.^ Art Galleries There are a couple of art galleries in the capital Tórshavn including the national art gallery Listaskálin.

In general, though, there are very limited dining selections in Tórshavn. Outside Tórshavn, the quality and quantity of the restaurants declines greatly.
There is no McDonalds on the Faroes, but Burger King has arrived. In Tórshavn you can find fast food restaurants at the shopping centre SMS and City Burger is situated in the Town center.
.All over the Faroes you will find gas-stations, Effo and Magn.^ I am sending you this message, first of all, to congratulate you for the great job with your website about the Faroe Islands (http://faroeislands.dk ).
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Nearly every gas-station will serve fast-food, espescially sausages.
  • Glasstovan at Hotel Føroyar. From the restaurant there is an excellent view over Tórshavn. Their cuisine offers Faroese specialities as well as international cuisine. A typical Faroese speciality is a dish of dried lamb, dried fish and whale blubber. The price is DKK 110,00.
  • Gourmet by the western harbour "Vágsbotn". This is arguably the finest restaurant on the Faroes.
  • Merlot in the town-centre.
  • Toscana nice and small Italian restaurant downtown.
  • Nan tong in the town centre. The only Chinese restaurant.
  • Etika Just opened. a delicatessen and take-away. has great sushi, on account of the splendid local fish.

Drink

The legal drinking age in the Faroes is eighteen. These days there is only one brand of Faroese beer: Føroya Bjór. Alcoholic drinks are very expensive. Light beer may be purchased in shops and unlicensed restaurants and cafés. Stronger beer, wine and spirits can only be purchased in the Government Monopoly stores in major towns and in licensed restaurants, cafés and bars etc.
  • Streymoy
Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins, Hoyvíksvegur 51, FO-100 Tórshavn
  • Eysturoy
Rúdrekkasøla Landsins Heiðavegur, FO-600 Saltangará
  • Norðoyggjar
Rúdrekkasøla Landsins Bøgøta 38, FO-700 Klaksvík
  • Sandoy
Rúdrekkasøla Landsins á Mølini, FO-220 Skálavík
  • Suðuroy
Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins Drelnes, FO-800 Tvøroyri
  • Vágar
Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins Norðuri á heiðum, FO-370 Miðvágur

Nightlife

There are few bars and nightclubs outside of the capital. The bars in Tórshavn, are simple. Manhattan and Café Natúr are situated in the centre of Tórshavn. They both feature wooden interiors similar to English / Irish pubs, and have live music (usually in the form of a singer / guitarist) most nights. Another place is Cleopatra right in the town center which has a restaurant on the lower floor, with the main bar on the next floor up. The entrance to the bar is up some green felt stairs.
A popular nightclub is Rex, at third floor in the same building as "Havnar Bio", the cinema. Get there early, or you won't get in. It's very popular. You need to be 21 to get in.
For young people the nightclub Eclipse is a popular place to visit. It is the same as in most European cities. You have to be eighteen to get in, and you shouldn´t be older than 25!

Cafés

For a cozy and old fashioned cafe, go to the Western harbour "Vágsbotn" - just below Tórshavn Dome and have a cup of coffee at café Karlsborg. However, it isn´t open at regular hours. Other Cafés include the very popular Gallarí Jinx in the centre of Tórshavn and Baresso at the shoppingcenter SMS. Hvonn is one of the most popular places at night, keeping it sophisticated and clean, and also includes a brasserie.

Sleep

Hotels

The best hotels in Tórshavn:
  • Hotel Føroyar, Oyggjarvegur 45, Po.O. Box 3303, FO-110 Tórshavn. fh@hotelforoyar.com. There is an excellent view over Tórshavn.
  • Hotel Hafnia, Áarvegur 4-10, PO.Box 107, FO-110 Tórshavn. hafnia@hafnia.fo. It is situated right in the town-center.
  • Hotel Tórshavn, Tórsgøta 4, P.O. Box 97, FO-110 Tórshavn. ht@hoteltorshavn.fo. It is situated down by the harbour.
  • Hotel Streym, Yviri við Strond 19, FO-100 Tórshavn. booking@hotelstreym.fo. Situated just about 10 minutes walk from town centre.
Recommendable outside the capital
  • Hotel Vágar, FO-380 Sørvágur, Vágar. It is situated by the airport.
  • hotel Eiði, Fo-470 Eiði, Eysturoy.

Guesthouses

Prices vary slightly from around dkk 250 to dkk 300 per night/person for adults.
Here are some guesthouses in the capital, Tórshavn.
Guesthouses in Suðuroy.

Youth Hostels

The youth Hostels of the Faroes are spread across the islands. .The limited geographical size of the Faroes ensures that the next Youth Hostel is always well within one day’s walking distance allowing visitors to travel from one Youth Hostel to the next one at will.^ You are welcome to visit my website as well one day.
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^ It's look so interesting, and I hope to travel to the Faroe Islands next year ( 2008 ).
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^ Some days ago, out of nowhere I got to thinking how nice it would be to go live on one of the isles of Faroe.
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Accommodation is mostly in 2 to 6 rooms of limited size but of good standard. There are no dormitory accommodations at the Faroese Youth Hostels. Most of the Youth Hostels don´t have a regular reception with daily opening hours, so be sure to make arrangements with your host by e-mail or phone before arriving at the hostel.
Prices vary slightly around 130 to 160 DKK per night/person for adults. Variable discounts for children 2-11 years old. YHF members get a 20 DKK discount while groups get special discounts.
These are the seven Youth Hostels:
On the small islands you can find some nice guesthouses.
For further information, contact the local tourist information.
  • Slættaratindur (882 m) - the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands. It is well worth climbing, the only downside is that the summit is often wrapped in fog.
  • The Lake of Toftavatn - the lake is in the south of Eysturoy, situated on the east coast of the fjord, Skálafjørður. The low rolling hills around the idyllic lake, have the widest streches of heather on the islands. They are considered unique in the Faroes. Furthermore, the terrain is a splendid choice for an outing.
  • Rinkusteinar (the rocking stones) - a strange natural phenomenon at Oyndarfjørður, two very large boulders which permenantly stand rocking in the ocean, just a few metres from the shore. The stones have been rocking as far back as anyone can tell.
  • Risin og Kellingin (The Giant and his Wife) - Two magnificant basalt sea stacks off the northern tip of the island, close to the village of Eiði. Legend has it that the two giants had come to tow the Faroes back with them to Iceland, However, the sun rose and they where both turned into stone. They both stand looking towards Iceland which they will never reach.

Work

Unemployment is the lowest in Scandinavia and wages are high.
.
  • Generally: The Faroe Islands are very safe.
  • No risk of natural disaster or animal attack.
  • Crime and traffic are minor risks.
  • As you drive along, please be aware that the sheep may be startled and leap out in front of you.^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Faroe Islands.
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    ^ Faroe Islands visa for citizens of Canada is required for more information please contact the nearest Faroe Islands embassy .
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    If you happen to collide with a sheep, you should immediately contact the police in Tórshavn at telephone number 351448 for assistance.
  • Always be aware of fog if you go hiking.

Stay healthy

There are emergency wards at the hospital in Tórshavn, Klaksvík on Borðoy and Tvøroyri on Suðuroy. Doctors around the islands provide emergency assistance. A lot of hospital staff are residents of Denmark who spend periods on the Faroes to supplement the local health staff. The coast guard and Atlantic Airways have helicopters that may be used in emergencies. Police stations are found in most parts of the Country.

Health Insurance

Citizens of the Nordic countries and the UK are covered by their own national health insurance. It is advisable for citizens of other countries to take out travel health insurance.
  • Dial 112
  • Tórshavn (by the SMS shopping centre) on Streymoy. Tel 341100
  • Klaksvík on Borðoy. Tel 455055
  • Runavík on Eysturoy. Tel 471200
  • Tvøroyri on Suðuroy. Tel 371076

Car Problems

.For breakdown and immediate help on the two larger islands Streymoy and Eysturoy, contact the Fire Station in Tórshavn, telephone number 302100. It is advisable to arrange for insurance coverage for your car to save you the worry of a spoilt holiday due to unexpected garage bills.^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Faroe Islands.
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^ Steps that you can take: Check the current validity of your passport and the availability of blank visa pages All travelers will need a valid passport for their travels to Faroe Islands.
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^ We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.
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  • Never say that you are in Denmark when visiting the islands, as the Faroese do not identify themselves as Danes, as they are a self-governing region under Denmark. Most Faroese people are very proud of their national heritage.
  • Take good care of the countryside and the birds.
  • Faroese people are known to be very friendly and hospitable.

Contact

There is widespread cellular phone and Internet access.
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

Wiktionary

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  1. Group of islands in the north Atlantic Ocean between Scotland and Iceland; a self-governing territory of Denmark.

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Simple English

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The Faroe Islands or Føroyar (that meaning "Sheep Islands") are a group of eighteen islands in the north Atlantic Ocean between Scotland, Norway, and Iceland.

They are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but have had local (autocratic) rule since 1948, and people in the Faroe Islands have had the right to do business with people from all countries since 1856. Most government matters are controlled by the Farose government, except for military defense. The Faroes have similarities to Iceland, Shetland, the Orkney Islands, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland. The island group, or archipelago, left Norway in 1815. The Faroes have their own representatives in the Nordic Council.

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Regions and municipalities

Administratively, the islands are divided into 34 municipalities within which there are 120 or so cities and villages. Traditionally, there are also the six sýslur ("regions"; Norðoyar, Eysturoy, Streymoy, Vágar, Sandoy and Suðuroy).

Geography

[[File:|thumb|The uninhabited island Lítla Dímun.]]

The Faroe Islands are eighteen islands off the coast of Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the north Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 1,399 square kilometres (540 sq. mi), and has no major lakes or rivers. There are 1,117 kilometres (694 mi) of coastline, and no land boundaries with any other country. The only island that does not have anybody living on it is Lítla Dímun.

Distances to nearest countries and islands

Economy

Fish, raising sheep, and tourism are important parts of the economy of the Faroe Islands. The economy was in trouble around 1990. Now only 3% of adults in the Faroe Islands do not have jobs, which is one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. However, since fishing is so important to the economy, if there are problems with fishing, the economy could be in trouble Since 2000, new business projects have been created in the Faroe Islands to attract new investment. The introduction of Burger King in Tórshavn was widely publicized but no one know how will goes things about this branch. Trades on the Faroer are easy by the bridges or the tunnels that connect 80% of the population in the islands.

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Faroese sheep, Hvalba.
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The new ferry Smyril enters the Faroe Islands

Population (1327-2004)

Year Inhabitants
1327 ca. 4,000
1350 ca. 2,000
1769 4,773
1801 5,255
1834 6,928
1840 7,314
1845 7,782
1850 8,137
1855 8,651
1880 11,220
1900 15,230
1911 ca. 18,800
1925 22,835
1950 31,781
Year Inhabitants
1970 ca. 38,000
1975 40,441
1985 45,749
1989 47,787
1995 43,358
1996 43,784
1997 44,262
1998 44,817
1999 45,409
2000 46,196
2001 46,996
2002 47,704
2003 48,214
2004 48,353

Culture

Ólavsøka

File:Føroysk fløgg á Ólavsø
The annual ólavsøka parade on the 28th of July

The national holiday Ólavsøka, is on the 29 July, commemorating the death of Saint Olaf. The celebrations are held in Tórshavn. They commence on the evening of the 28th, and carry on until the 31 July.

The official part of the celebration starts on the 29th, with the opening of the Faroese Parliament,in the day there is a procession,with many people,from the churches in the islands.

The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands

The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands (in Faroese Norðurlandahúsið) is the most important cultural institution in the Faroes. Its supports Nordic and Faroese culture, locally and in the Nordic region.The House is managed by a director changed every four years.

Music

In the islands there are many artists and musicians, with the most famous listed below:

Musicians:

  • Eivør (Eivør Pálsdóttir)
  • Lena (Lena Andersen)
  • Teitur (Teitur Lassen)
  • Høgni Lisberg
  • Brandur Enni

Bands:

  • Týr
  • Gestir
  • 200
  • Clickhaze.

In the Islands,there are too,music festivals,where international musicians participating,like

  • Summartónar,each summers.
  • G! Festival in Gøta in July.
  • Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvík in August.

Food

Traditional Faroese food is mainly based on meat and potatoes and uses few fresh vegetables. A very important meat in the islands,is the lamb,the first ingredient,of many dishes.Others typically dishes,from islands are fresh fish,blubber,whale,seabirds,and Faroese puffins, and their eggs.

Climate

The climate is defined as Maritime Subarctic,with not hot summers,and with cold winters,usually there is fog or a heavy wind,that causes air traffic problems.

Animals and vegetation in the islands

Many species of birds live sometimes in the islands,like:Eider, Starling, Wren, Guillemot, and Black Guillemot.Only a few species of wild land seals are found in the Faroe Islands today,the Grey Seals.Sometimes tourists can see whales,in the waters near the islands. Grey Seals are very common around the Faroese shores.The natural vegetation of the Faroe Islands is,like in the Scottish islands,or in Ireland; dominated by , wild flowers, grasses, moss and lichen.

Other websites

krc:Фарер айрымканла


Citable sentences

Up to date as of December 19, 2010

Here are sentences from other pages on Faroe Islands, which are similar to those in the above article.








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