Traveling Luck for Faroe Islands. Faroe Islands, Europe

Faroe Islands is located in Northern Europe, island group between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Iceland to Norway.

Land in Faroe Islands is rugged, rocky, some low peaks; cliffs along most of coast.

Faroese land covers an area of 1399 square kilometers which is eight times the size of Washington, DC

Faroese flag Faroese national flag (Flag of Faroe Islands)

As for the Faroese climate; mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy, windy.

Faroese (singular and plural) speak Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish.

Places of note in Faroe Islands

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Regions of Faroe Islands

The population of the Faroe Islands is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century. The islands have been connected politically to Denmark since the 14th century. A high degree of self government was attained in 1948.

Country Profile for Faroe Islands

The Faroese economy has had a strong performance since 1994, mostly as a result of increasing fish landings and high and stable export prices. Unemployment is minimal and there are signs of labor shortages in several sectors. The positive economic development has helped the Faroese Home Rule Government produce increasing budget surpluses, which in turn have helped reduce the large public debt, most of it owed to Denmark. However, the total dependence on fishing makes the Faroese economy extremely vulnerable, and the present fishing efforts appear in excess of what is a sustainable level of fishing in the long term. Oil finds close to the Faroese area give hope for deposits in the immediate Faroese area, which may eventually lay the basis for a more diversified economy and thus lessen dependence on Danish economic assistance. Aided by a substantial annual subsidy (about 15% of GDP) from Denmark, the Faroese have a standard of living not far below the Danes and other Scandinavians.

Faroese natural resources include fish, whales, hydropower, possible oil and gas

archipelago of 17 inhabited islands and one uninhabited island, and a few uninhabited islets; strategically located along important sea lanes in northeastern Atlantic; precipitous terrain limits habitation to small coastal lowlands

Faroese religion is Evangelical Lutheran.

Natural hazards in Faroe Islands include NA.