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Faroe Islands Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Tórshavn

Official language: Faroese

Continent: Europe

Holidays in the Faroe Islands

You can spend a dream vacation in the exotic north on the Faroe Islands. In addition to a breathtaking natural backdrop, the Faroe Islands also offer a comprehensive cultural offering as an independent cultural nation.

Geography Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands, located in the northern Atlantic, are geographically part of North America, but as an autonomous region belongs to the Kingdom of Denmark.

The changeable weather on the islands opens up fascinating natural spectacles that attract guests from all over the world as well as various artists. The sea is constantly in motion and can be seen from almost every point on the island. The interplay of sea, sun, wind and rocks results in a colorful landscape. In addition, the Faroe Islands have the highest cliff in the world that protrudes vertically from the sea – the so-called Cape Enniberg (754m).

Cultural nation

The Faroe Islands have preserved their language over the centuries and have their own rich literary, artistic and musical production. In the field of fine arts, there is even talk of a special Faroese expressionism, which developed at the beginning of the 20th century, especially under the painter Sámal Joensen-Mikines.

The capital city of Tórshavn is the cultural center and main attraction for tourists. This is also where the Faroese Parliament, the ” Føroya Løgting “, is located, which is one of the oldest in the world. The architecturally unique “House of the North” (Norðurlandahúsið), probably the most important event location in the country and a center of cultural exchange. The State Theater and the Art Museum are also located in Tórshavn.

Celebrations and events

On July 28th and 29th, the Faroese national holiday, Ólavsøka takes place every year – the largest folk festival with a sporting and cultural program. Other popular folk festivals take place at the end of June and in August. These folk festivals are worth experiencing not least because of the performances of the Faroese chain dance. This is a medieval tradition that is performed together with old ballads and that can not be found anywhere else in Europe.
Numerous concerts and music festivals are also organized. The grotto concerts that take place on the water became legendary.

Culinary

The Faroe Islands are the fifth largest fishing nation in the North Atlantic region. The country is particularly famous for fishing for cod and salmon. The archipelago is one of the few countries that also practice traditional pilot whale fishing to a lesser extent. Whale meat in all its variations is just as much a part of everyday life as the typical Faroese beer (” mjød “).

Important facts

Alternative name: Faroe Islands

Capital: Tórshavn

Official language: Faroese

Currency

Geography

Continent: Europe

Geo coordinates: N 61 ° 53 ‘33.5 ” W -6 ° -54’ -42.5″

Highest mountain: Slaettaratindur (882 m)

Total area: 1,399 km²

Mainland: 1,399 km²

Coastline: 1,117 km

Politics

Dependency: Denmark since 1560

Economy

Faroe islands GDP - gross domestic product

Export: $ 607,000,000

Import: $ 717,000,000

Electricity consumption: 253 million KWh

Oil consumption: 4,600 million m³

Cultivation area: 2.14%

Bovine: 2,600 pieces

Pigs: 6,700 pieces

Sheep: 74,000 pieces

Fishing: 536,600 t

Demographic data

Residents: 47,300

Residents in cities: 18,300

Average age: 35 years

0-14 years: 20.9%

15-64 years: 65.1%

> 65 years: 19.9%

Population growth: 0.58%

Birth rate: 13.97 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 8.7 / 1,000 residents

Migration: 0.47 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.05

Fertility: 2.17 children / woman

Infant mortality: 6.12 ‰

Life expectancy men: 75.91 years

Life expectancy women: 82.8 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: FO

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: FRO

ISO 3166 numeric: 234

Top Level Domain: fo

IOC country code: FRO

UN / LOCODE: FO

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Transportation

Paved roads: 458 km

Cars: 18,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 18th

Health

Number of doctors: 90

Daily food intake: 3,220 kcal / resident

Education

Religion

Main religious group: Christians