19 Fun Facts about Faroe Islands

    1. The Faroe Islands are an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.
    2. As an archipelago, its nearest countries are Iceland to the north west, Norway to the east, Shetland Islands to the south east and Scotland to the south. It also has a coastline along the Norwegian Sea to the north and east, and the North Atlantic Sea to the south and west.
    3. This small group of islands has a total land mass of 540.2 square miles (1,399 square kilometres).
    4. Faroe Islands’ population was 49,469 in 2013.
    5. The capital city is called Torshavn; it covers an area of 66.8 square miles (172.9 square kilometres) and has a population of 17,624 (2008).
    6. The terrain here is rugged and rocky with cliffs along much of the coastline and some sporadic low peaks.
    7. Should you wish to cross the rugged waves of the North Atlantic Sea, the coordinates for the Faroe Islands are 62.0000° N, 6,7833°
    8. In case you were wondering, residents here are called ‘Faroese’!
    9. Faroe Islands enjoy mild winters and cool summers – nice and easy to pack for!
    10. There are trees growing in the Faroe Islands, but none of them are native! They have mostly been imported from Alaska and Tierra del Fuego.

  1. The average life expectancy here is a healthy 80 years.
  2. Did you know, the Faroe Islands were formed from volcanic activity, 30 million years ago? Pretty impressive!
  3. There are only 3 sets of traffic lights on the whole of the Faroe Islands and all are in close proximity in Torshhavn.
  4. There are two currencies here, each of equal value. They are the Faroese Krona and the Danish Krone.
  5. Faroese and Dutch are the official languages of the Faroe Islands, but fear not, English is also widely spoken amongst the younger generations.
  6. They grow potatoes and vegetables, rear sheep, catch salmon and other fish and produce milk.
  7. The country’s industry consists of fishing, fish processing, handicrafts and small ship repair and refurbishment.
  8. Faroe Islands exports fish and fish products, stamps and ships.
  9. If you need to make a call to the Faroe Islands, take a note of the international dialling code which is 00298, and find out how you can make cheap calls to Faroe Islands by clicking here


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