World History

Faroe Islands | History, Capital, Language, Flag, Facts

History of Faroe Islands:

The original inhabitants of the Faroe Islands were Vikings who arrived in the 9th century. The Faroe Islands originally belonged to Norway, but became part of the Danish crown when Norway, Finland and Sweden merged with Denmark in 1380. After that, Sweden, Finland, and Norway withdrew from the Danish royal family, but the Faroe Islands remained a member state, and it continues to this day.

In 1948, the Faroe Islands were given powers to control most of the country’s government and political affairs. Denmark is responsible for national defense and foreign policy.

Information about Faroe Islands:

Capital Torshavn
Population 53,298 (Source: 2023 worldometer)
Major Cities Torshavn (capital), Klaksvík, Runavík, TVØroyri, Fuglafjørður, Vestmanna, Sørvágur
Borders boundary begins at tripoint equidistant from Faroe Islands, the United Kingdom’s Shetland Islands, and Norway
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) $69,010.31 (2021)
Currency Danish krone (DKK)

Flag of Faroe Islands:

Faroe Islands Economy Key Industries:

Faroe Islands Major Industries: fishing, fish processing, small ship repair and refurbishment, handicrafts

Faroe Islands Agricultural Products: milk, potatoes, vegetables; sheep; salmon, other fish

Faroe Islands Natural Resources: fish, whales, hydropower, possible oil and gas

Faroe Islands Major Exports: fish and fish products 94%, stamps, ships (1999)

Faroe Islands Major Imports: consumer goods 36%, raw materials and semi-manufactures 32%, machinery and transport equipment 29%, fuels, fish, salt (1999)

The Geography of Faroe Islands:

Total Size of Faroe Islands: 1,399 km² (source: 2022 faroeislands)

Geographical Low Point of Faroe Islands: Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Geographical High Point of Faroe Islands: Slaettaratindur 882 m

Climate of Faroe Islands: mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy, windy

General Terrain of Faroe Islands: rugged, rocky, some low peaks; cliffs along most of coast

World Region or Continent of Faroe Islands:  Europe

Geographical Coordinates: 62 00 N, 7 00 W

The People of  Faroe Islands & Culture

Faroe Islands Government Type: NA

Faroe Islands Nationality: Faroese (singular and plural)

Faroe Islands National Holiday: Olaifest (Olavasoka), 29 July

Faroe Islands Independence: none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

Faroe Islands National Symbol: ram

Faroe Islands National Anthem or Song: Mitt alfagra land (My Fairest Land)

Faroe Islands Languages Spoken: Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish

Faroe Islands Religions: Evangelical Lutheran

Interesting Facts about Faroe Islands:

There are no formal prisons in the Faroe Islands. Myorkadalur has a short-term thatched-roof detention center used for non-violent offenders serving short sentences. Prisoners detained for more than a year and a half in Denmark are sent to prison.

There are only three traffic lights in the entire Faroe Islands, all in Tórshavn, the capital.

Faroese is the official language of the Faroe Islands. The second official language is Danish.

He must be 18 years of age or older to drink or drive in the Faroe Islands.

In September 1990, the Faroe Islands football team won its first match of the tournament against Austria, and there was a big celebration in the Faroe Islands.

Scottish Motherwell defender Gunnar Nielsen is the only island footballer to have played in the Premier League.

One of the most interesting facts about this island is the lack of native trees.

Due to the shortage of women in the Faroe Islands, men are increasingly seeking women from Southeast Asian countries. The island, with a population of just 50,000, is now home to more than 300 women from Thailand and the Philippines, forming the Faroe Islands’ largest ethnic minority.

The Faroe Islands, along with Norway, belonged to the Kingdom of Denmark from 1380 on her. In 1948 the Home Rule Act was passed, making the islands an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark.