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Municipalities since January 1, 2005

The Faroe Islands are administratively divided in 34 municipalities (kommunur) with about 120 cities and villages. Until December 31, 2004, there were 48 municipalities. In the following years the number of Faroese municipalities is expected to drop to somewhere between 7 and 15, as there is currently a rationale towards municipal amalgamation and a decentralization of public services. In 1998 it was foreseen that no municipality should have less than 2.000 inhabitants, but whether this will be true is a political question. The Faroese government has furhermore decided not to conduct forced (top-down) amalgamation, but to leave the process to the free will of the municipalities. In many lesser municipalities there is some anguish connected to the amalgamation process, and in turn is creating two kinds of municipalities: Greater municipalities (town-municipalities), that are eager to attract smaller municipalities into amalgamation, and lesser municipalities that are either trying to avoid amalgamation or seek to amalgamate with other lesser municipalities. The geographically huge Sunda kommuna is an example of this. The greater municipalities are organized in Kommunusamskipan Føroya (KFS) and the lesser are organized in Føroya Kommunufelag (FKF).

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34 municipalities (since 2005)

As of January 1, 2005, there are 34 municipalities:

Municipality Population[1] Inhabitants per km² Area (in km²) Markatal Island Region
Tórshavnar kommuna 19.339 112 173 327 Streymoy Tórshavn[2]
Klaksvík 4.886 57 86 144 Borðoy Klaksvík[3]
Runavík 3.678 47 78 150 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Tvøroyri 1.819 42 43 60 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Fuglafjørður 1.584 70 23 32 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Sunda Kommuna 1.564 10 158 152 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Vágur 1.402 67 21 61 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Nes 1.238 88 14 40 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Vestmanna 1.234 24 52 56 Streymoy Streymoy
Miðvágur 1.100 24 47 48 Vágar Vágar
Sørvágur 1.071 13 84 124 Vágar Vágar
Gøtu Kommuna 1.066 35 31 69 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Sjóvar Kommuna 1.027 31 33 70 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Leirvík 873 79 11 33 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Sandavágur 797 13 61 48 Vágar Vágar
Hvalba 765 19 40 99 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Eiði 705 19 37 49 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Kvívík 615 13 49 75 Streymoy Streymoy
Sandur 586 12 48 97 Sandoy Sandoy
Skopun 507 56 9 0 Sandoy Sandoy
Hvannasund 441 13 33 38 Viðoy and Borðoy Klaksvík
Sumba 383 15 25 64 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Viðareiði 339 11 30 48 Viðoy Norðoyggjar
Porkeri 333 24 14 37 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Skálavík 183 6 29 24 Sandoy Sandoy
Kunoy 157 4 35 65 Kunoy Norðoyggjar
Húsavík 131 5 26 66 Sandoy Sandoy
Hov 125 12 10 24 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Fámjin 113 9 13 24 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Funningur 75 4 18 15 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Húsar 61 4 16 41 Kalsoy Norðoyggjar
Skúvoy 57 4 13 73 Skúvoy Sandoy
Svínoy 52 2 27 23 Svínoy Norðoyggjar
Fugloy 44 4 11 14 Fugloy Norðoyggjar

48 municipalities (until 2004)

Sorted by population (state: December 31, 2002).

Municipality Population Inhabitants per km² Area (in km²) Markatal Island Region
Tórshavnar kommuna 18.420 116 158 173 Streymoy Tórshavn[4]
Klaksvík 4.794 66 72 114 Borðoy Klaksvík[5]
Runavík 2.557 88 29 57 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Tvøroyri 1.867 44 43 60 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Fuglafjørður 1.591 69 23 32 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Vágur 1.452 70 21 61 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Vestmanna 1.238 24 52 56 Streymoy Streymoy
Nes 1.195 86 14 40 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Sjóvar Kommuna 1.042 31 33 70 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Gøtu Kommuna 1.033 34 31 69 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Miðvágur 1.020 22 47 48 Vágar Vágar
Sørvágur 960 24 40 48 Vágar Vágar
Leirvík 867 83 11 33 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Hvalba 767 19 40 99 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Eiði 725 19 37 49 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Sandavágur 723 13 56 48 Vágar Vágar
Skáli 693 29 24 40 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Kvívík 580 12 49 75 Streymoy Streymoy
Sandur 573 12 48 97 Sandoy Sandoy
Skopun 499 57 9 0 Sandoy Sandoy
Sunda Kommuna 497 25 19 16 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Hvannasund 453 14 33 38 Viðoy and Borðoy Klaksvík
Sumba 431 17 25 64 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Porkeri 373 27 14 37 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Hvalvík 370 10 37 36 Streymoy Streymoy
Viðareiði 347 12 30 48 Viðoy Norðoyggjar
Hósvík 281 22 13 19 Streymoy Streymoy
Haldarsvík 271 7 39 36 Streymoy Streymoy
Nólsoy 268 26 10 48 Nólsoy Streymoy
Kirkjubøur 226 6 38 71 Streymoy Streymoy
Oyndarfjørður 181 15 12 23 Kalsoy Norðoyggjar
Skálavík 181 6 29 24 Sandoy Sandoy
Húsavík 140 4 26 66 Sandoy Sandoy
Kunoy 134 4 35 65 Kunoy Norðoyggjar
Hov 133 13 10 24 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Fámjin 111 8 13 24 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Elduvík 91 5 17 30 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Mikladalur 79 6 14 41 Kalsoy Norðoyggjar
Funningur 79 4 18 15 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Bíggjar kommuna 79 2 34 36 Vágar Vágar
Svínoy 73 3 27 23 Svínoy Norðoyggjar
Húsar 68 4 16 41 Kalsoy Norðoyggjar
Skúvoy 62 5 13 73 Skúvoy Sandoy
Gjógv 53 3 19 15 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Fugloy 45 4 11 14 Fugloy Norðoyggjar
Hestur 45 5 8 35 Hestur Streymoy
Saksun 34 1 31 30 Streymoy Streymoy
Mykines 21 2 10 40 Mykines Vágar

Notes

^ Hagstova Føroya - informations from 2007.
^ Tórshavn is both the capital of the Streymoy region and its own region, the latter being identical with Tórshavnar kommuna, but not including the area of the former Kollafjarðar kommuna.
^ Klaksvík both capital of the Norðoyggjar region as well of its own region, which constitute of the two municipalities Klaksvík and Hvannasund.

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