Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands Overview

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 islands and some reefs in the North Atlantic Ocean. They lie between Iceland and the Shetland Islands. The group has an area of 540 square miles and a population of about 48,000. The major islands are Streymoy, Eysturoy, Vagar, Sudhuroy, and Sandoy.

The 140-mile coastline is steep and deeply indented. Treacherous currents along the shores of the islands make navigation difficult. The islanders are a people of Norse origin who mainly fish and raise sheep.

CLIMATE

The Faroes have a temperate climate. Warm Gulf Stream currents make the Faroe Islands warmer than you might expect, virtually sunless winters only average lows of 2°C (35°F) in January.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Torshavn
POPULATION: 48,668
LANGUAGE: Faroese, Danish
CURRENCY: Danish Krone
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +298
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1