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A: Torshavnar Shipyard (Mest)

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 180 meters away

Founded in 1936 as Tórshavnar Skipasmiðja, the shipyard has grown over the years to become a major pl...

Torshavnar Shipyard (Mest)

B: Boats At The Harbour Of Torshavn

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 210 meters away

The port of Tórshavn administrates all harbour areas within the municipality of Tórshavn. This work r...

Boats At The Harbour Of Torshavn

C: On top of West-church beside the bells

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 360 meters away

Vesturkirkjan (The West Church) with its pyramid shaped copper spire is a distinctive landmark in Tór...

On top of West-church beside the bells

D: Vesturkirkjan-The West Church

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 380 meters away

Vesturkirkjan (The West Church) with its pyramid shaped copper spire is a distinctive landmark in Tór...

Vesturkirkjan-The West Church

E: Small Boats At The Harbour Of Torshavn (Vagsbotn)

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 390 meters away

Vestaravág, Tórshavn’s western bay, has gradually become ‘the’ place to experience various events in ...

Small Boats At The Harbour Of Torshavn (Vagsbotn)

F: Vesturkirkjan-The West Church

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 400 meters away

Vesturkirkjan (The West Church) with its pyramid shaped copper spire is a distinctive landmark in Tór...

Vesturkirkjan-The West Church

G: The Port Of Torshavn

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 410 meters away

The Port of Tórshavn (Tórshavnar havn) is the largest and busiest of the many harbours dotted through...

The Port Of Torshavn

H: Vagsbotni Torshavn

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 420 meters away

Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands. The population of the municipality of Tórshavn is aroun...

Vagsbotni Torshavn

I: Tinganes

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 430 meters away

Tinganes The Faroese parliament, Løgting, is probably the oldest in Europe. On the the historic promo...

Tinganes

J: Bryggjubakki Torshavn

by Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com, 450 meters away

The Fish Market on Bryggjubakki in Torshavn, Faroe Islands ... The harbour is colourful and extremely...

Bryggjubakki Torshavn

This panorama was taken in Faroe Islands

This is an overview of Faroe Islands

Location and size

Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62°00’N, the Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 (545.3 sq.miles) and is 113 km (70 miles) long and 75 km (47 miles) wide, roughly in the shape of an arrowhead. There are 1100 km (687 miles) of coastline and at no time is one more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The highest mountain is 882 m (2883 ft) above sea level and the average height above sea level for the country is 300 m (982 ft).

Climate

The weather is maritime and quite changeable, from moments of brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to showers. The Gulf Stream encircling the islands tempers the climate. The harbours never freeze and the temperature in winter time is very moderate considering the high latitude. Snowfall occurs, but is shortlived. The average temperature ranges from 3°C in winter to 11°C in the summer. In sheltered areas, the temperature can be much higher, but the air is always fresh and clean no matter what the season.

Population

The population is 48.520 (1st April 2008). About 19,400 people live in the metropolitan area which comprises Tórshavn, Kirkjubøur, Velbastaður, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur, Hoyvík, Argir, Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur, Norðradalur, Syðradalur, Hvítanes, Sund, Kollafjørður, Signabøur and Oyrareingir, while about 4,700 people live in Klaksvík, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands.

Form of Government

Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties.

Languages

Spoken Faroese is the national language and is rooted in Old Norse. Nordic languages are readily understood by most Faroese, and English is also widely spoken, especially among the younger people.

Religion

Religion plays an important part in Faroese culture and over 80% of the population belong to the established church, the EvangelicalLutheran. 10% of the population belong to the Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren).

Industry

The fishing industry is the most important source of income for the Faroes. Fish products account for over 97% of the export volume. Tourism is the second largest industry, followed by woollen and other manufactured products.

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