The Faroe Islands - facts about a small country
The Faroe Islands have been inhabited by the Faroese people for more than a thousand years. They have become part of the islands with their language and traditions, which harmonize with the weather, rocks and sea. Today the Faroe Islands are fascinatingly unchanged and surprisingly modern. On this page we have collected some facts for you visitors about the Faroe Islands.
The Faeroe Islands - an autonomous region in the north
The Faroe Islands consists of 18 large and small islands, which are connected by tunnels, ferries and helicopter routes. The region is characterized by green hills and steep cliffs, abundant birdlife, sheep, and sea on all sides. The Faroe Islands is one of three autonomous regions in the north (Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland Islands).
Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self-governing part of the Danish kingdom. The country has its own legislative assembly, the Faroese Parliament ‘Lagtinget’ and its own flag.
Facts about the Faroe Islands - good to know
The weather in the Faroe Islands is changeable and impressive and something that’s respected in the Faroe Islands - just as beautiful, as it is capricious. Read more about the weather in the Faroe Islands here.
In the larger cities and in the airport there are ATMs where you can withdraw money with credit cards: Dankort, Eurocard/Mastercard and VISA.
Faroe Islands are in GMT and thus the same time zone as London.
The only airport on the island is located on the island of Vagar. The Faroe Islands are just a one hour flight from the UK, Norway and Iceland. See our Faroe Islands travel here.
According to an English report published in 2007, The Faroe Islands have the lowest crime rate in the world.
The Faroese are good at English so it's easy to talk to the locals and they are happy to help if you ask.
Experiences in the Faroe Islands
The capital is Tórshavn and is called the world's smallest capital - about 20,000 people live within the municipality.
Klaksvík is the second largest city with about 5,000 inhabitants.
The Faroe Islands are especially popular for its beautiful scenery. Read more about nature in the Faroe Islands here.
The Kirkjubøur settlement near Tórshavn, with its over 900 year old episcopal residence, is located in the south and is a very beautiful tourist destination. Read more about Kirkjubøur here.
Each year there’s a popular music festival in Gøta named G! Festival. Read about G! Festival here.
National Day is July 29, (Ólavsøka) Olaifest. Read more about Olaifest here.
The Faroe Islands have a strong culinary tradition, which is influenced by their life on the islands with unique opportunities for fishing, sheep farming and bird hunting. On the gastronomic front, the Faroe Islands follow their Nordic neighbors experimenting with exciting food. Read about Restaurant KOKS here.
The Faroese currency is called ‘króna’ and ‘oyra’ and corresponds to the Danish currency, but with their own banknotes which are beautifully illustrated by a Faroese artist. Read about Faroese currency here.
Geography and the Faroe Islands
In the Faroe Islands the sea is never more than 5 km away.
The Faroe Islands cover 1,400 square kilometers.
50,000 people inhabit the Faroe Islands - about 20,000 of them live in the capital Tórshavn.
The Faroe Islands are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately equidistant from Norway, Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands consists of 18 separate islands, close together with fjords and sounds in between. Of the 18 islands only one is unoccupied: Litla Dimun. Read more about the Faroese cities and islands here
Because of the steep cliffs, most settlements are in lowland areas close to the coast.
The highest mountain in the Faroes is the 882 m high Slættaratindur on the island of Eysturoy.
There are 113 km from the northernmost to the southernmost point, and 75 km from the westernmost to the easternmost point, equivalent to the size of Zealand in Denmark.
111 mountain peaks protrude more than 600 m above sea level, and 10 are over 800 meters tall - 6 of them located on the small island, Kunoy.
Enniberg on the island Viðoy is the northernmost point in the Faeroe Islands, and with 754 meters from the top straight down to the sea it is the highest promontory in the world.
Faroe Islands have 600 km of good roads snaking around the islands over passes, on the edge of mountains, over bridges and through tunnels. Most are two-lane and paved. This means that you have ultimate opportunity to move around the Faroe Islands by car or motorcycle, in a landscape you otherwise can only dream about.
Get an overview of how to get around in our map of the Faroe Islands.
Atlantic Airways connects the Faroe Islands
Atlantic Airways is in charge of air routes to and from the Faroe Islands and national helicopter routes around the islands. For example the helicopter flies to Mykines with food for the locals on the island. The state subsidises helicopter tickets to remote islands, so people will not be forced to move away and the islands may retain their unspoiled charm.
The Faroe Islands have a rich cultural life. A natural consequence of nature, long winter nights and bright summer days. Read about Faroese culture here.
Business in the Faroe Islands
About 95% of exports from the Faroe Islands comes from fishing, much of which is salmon and trout farming.