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Faroe Islands

The Faroes lie roughly halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the North Atlantic. It takes about 2hr to fly here from continental Europe.

The Faroes are composed of 18 different islands. Our total coastline runs to 1289km and there’s nowhere here that’s more than 5km from the sea.

We’ve got unspoilt nature aplenty — be it verdant hills and impressive glacial valleys or soaring cliffs and dramatic seascapes.

You’ll find the Faroe Islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. To be precise, we’re at 62 degrees north and 7 degrees west. Our nearest neighbours are Scotland, 300km to the southeast; Iceland, 430km to the northwest; and Norway, 600km to the east. Though the Faroes are technically part of Denmark, the Danish capital, Copenhagen, is 1300km away.

There are 18 Faroe Islands, all separated by narrow stretches of water. The largest island, Streymoy, is home to the capital, Tórshavn.

Did you know: the Faroes stretch 113km from top to bottom and 75km across; the highest point in the islands is the mountain, Slættaratindur ( 822m); our mountainous terrain makes the average height of our land 300m above sea level, though our villages are generally located on the coast.

As of April 2017, the population of the Faroe Islands stands at 50,000. Population density is 34.5 people per square kilometre – that’s the second highest in the Nordic countries, after Denmark.

The Faroese people are descendants of Norwegian Vikings who sailed here around 1100 years ago. There are around 100 towns and villages in the Faroes, of varying sizes. The capital, Tórshavn, has a population of 20, 919 inhabitants, wheras the second town, Klaksvík, is considerably smaller at 5,059, just ahead of Runavík, third largest, at 3,910.