The rugged Faeroe Islands (18 in all), are in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 250 miles (402 km) directly north of Scotland.
First settled by the Norwegian Vikings, these islands, politically connected to Denmark since the 14th Century, have enjoyed home rule since 1948, and continually strive for full sovereignty.
Many of the inhabitants live in and around the Thorshavn area, the administrative capital and largest city in the islands.
With very little cultivated land, sheep raising is a significant business, and in fact, the name Faeroe Islands is said to mean "Sheep Islands." Fishing, and offshore oil finds help diversify the economy.
Ferries and shipping companies link the islands to the European mainland, and tourism is a growing business.
The Faeroe Island's maps and information pages are currently being revised, and will be posted soon.
Quick Facts and Figures
Official Name Faeroe Islands
(alt. Faroe, or Føroyar) a self governing territory of Denmark, claimed in 1380
Administrative Capital Torshavn
Languages Faeroese, Danish
Latitude/Longitude 62º 00' N, 7º 00' W
Official Currency Danish Krone
Land Area 1,399 sq km (540 sq miles)
Landforms Similar to Iceland, the Faeroes are lava based islands with elevated coastal cliffs and some elevated peaks. The highest point (on Eysturoy) rises to 2,894 ft. (882m)
Grass grows along the base of local mountains, but few trees survive because of the relentless North Atlantic winds.
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Faeroe Islands Outline Map here
Faeroe Islands CIA version here
European Continent here
European Continent at UT here
Faeroe Islands (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here
Faeroe Islands Web Site here
Faeroe Islands Tourism here
Faeroe Islands Art Museum here
Denmark Pages here
Climate Winters are mild, summers are cool and most days are overcast, foggy and (very) windy. Ocean storms and thick fog are common, and North Atlantic hurricanes do occasionally strike the islands in the summer months.
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