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Faroe Islands


Full name: Faroe Islands
Capital City: Torshavn
Language: Faroese (official), Germanic language from Old Norse and is in sync with Icelandic, Norwegian dialects, Danish and Swedish.
Currency: Danish Krone - Dkr
Religion: Evangelical-Lutheran
National Anthem: Tú alfagra land mítt (My land, oh most beauteous)
Newspaper: Sosialurin, Dimmalætting
Places to Visit: Saksun, Tórshavn, Føroya Fornminissavn, Kirkjubøur, Vestmanna Bird Cliffs.
Transport: Atlantic Airways take off from Aberdeen to Faroes, or opt for flight from Copenhagen to Vágar. Avail ferries from Norway, Iceland and Denmark. Take an ensnaring boat ride along the seabird colony or let your imagination drive wild with the soaring heights of huge cliff range that surround the land of Faroe Islands. One can choose to t rek along the lichen-spread rocks, or walk along the belt of cropped pastureland that surely would catch your glance as you wish to travel here.


Physical Map Of Faroe Islands
There are about 18 islands that constitute the Faroe Islands, along the shorelines of Northern Europe. The sole uninhabited land within this island is the area of Lítla Dímun.
The regions are mainly jagged and rock strewn which boasts of having the highest cliff peaks nearly about 882 metres. This cliff is popularly known as Slættaratindur, lying just above the sea level. The coastline in this region stretches to about 1100 km and is just about 5 km away leaving behind the main ocean.
Faroe Islands Map
The Faroe Islands is constituted with volcanic basalt base layer where:
•  The eastern shores slopes down within the sea.
•  The western coasts soar high with rising cliffs.
The islands are organized into 34 municipalities, which consists of 120 cities and villages. There are also the 6 sýslur that are commonly known as districts which has its own geographical importance. The names are Norðoyar, Eysturoy, Streymoy, Vágar, Sandoy and Suðuroy.

Location Of Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands that derive from the Danish word Sheep Islands, is a collective group of islands placed within the region of Northern Europe. The Faroe Islands is lying in the midst of Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, which is about a few miles away from the route of Iceland to Norway. The place has developed a conventional bonding with countries like Iceland, Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland.

Faroe Islands Flag
Flag Of Faroe Islands
The flag of Faroe Island is designed with Red Cross bordered with blue color in the outward region that extends from the hoist side to the outer edges of the flag that lie on a white background. The flag gained its acceptance during the month of 23 March 1948. Carrying a banner like outlook the flag is known as Merkid. The white color in the flag denotes the pure sky or even can be related to waves that hit along the coastal regions within this island. The color red and blue represent the native headdress of Faroese.

Climate Of Faroe Islands
The region of Faroe Islands is affected with violent storm conditions from the North Atlantic, which is lying in the midst of Scotland and Iceland. The warm ocean current of the Gulf Stream manipulates the weather with mild temperature. The winter season is slightly on the warmer side as experienced in Denmark, which is quite chilly and frigid. The island witnesses a cloudy, wet, and windy season round the year as the island is covered within the Atlantic depression. The cold is generally chiller in Faroe Islands with long winters whereas the summer is breezy and shady with fewer sunrays. The place experiences about four hours of sunshine especially during the months of summer. With a maritime kind of climatic condition, the place frequently switches from radiant sunbeams to foggy misty weather accompanied with slight showers.

Flora And Fauna Of Faroe Islands
Mosses and bog vegetation thrives along the Faroe Islands along with vast expanses of hardy trees and woods that spread along the region as affected by the westerly winds. The avifauna is found here in abundance especially the species of seafowl, which is popularly known as puffins and eider ducks.

Summer usually witnesses huge congregation of different species of birds nestled within the northern and western coastal regions of the island. There are nearly 300 species of birds where about 40 falling within the category of breeding birds while the rest 40 being the rarest known species found here. Watch out gannet nesting along the Mykines and Mykinesholm area or view storm petrels flocking along the region of Nolsoy. It is during the end of May or till the July end, the guillemot is among the breeding species that settles down in the cliff regions of Faroe Islands. Kittiwake seeks its habitat along the craggy and rocky areas within these tall cliffs.

People Of Faroe Islands
Among the overall population, people descended from the Faroese, Norse and Celtic group. It was mainly the Viking settlers who inhabited this area during the 9 th century.

The national language in this region is Faroese which has its roots defined from the Old Norse. The English language is widely accepted and the Nordic language is even used frequently within the region. Majority of the population is influenced by the EvangelicalLutheran religion and about 10 percent are inclined to the religion of Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren).

Arts, Culture And Music Of Faroe Islands
Art: Painting came into existence during the 20th century with the emergence of several painters like Sámuel Joensen-Mikines, Ingálvur av Reyni, Ruth Smith, Tróndur Patursson, Steffan Danielsen and many others. It was during this time, landscape painting was primarily the core theme among most of the painters. Villages, forests, mountains, scenic country beauty, fjords all were well depicted in the paintings. One may even visit the national art museum Listaskálin while traveling to Faroe Island. Several exhibitions are even held here like the spring exhibition celebrated during the month of May and the Saint Olav's Day exhibition presented during the July.

Culture: Faroe Island shares a common cultural tie-up with the region of Norway, Iceland, and Denmark. The Nordic House is acclaimed as a cultural hub that upholds the culture of Nordic and Faroese region.

Music: Faroese music is vocal in nature that goes along with the fiddle and other European dances, which includes the minuet and polka. Choirs came into existence where some of the best example being Tarira, Havnarkórið, Tórshavnar Manskór, Ljómur, Fuglafjarðar Gentukór, and many others.

The Faroese dance, even gained wide popularity, which came in the form of medieval ring dance that was initiated in France and widely extended throughout Europe. Faroese dance is accompanied with a song, which is accompanied with a storyline that is narrated through the dancing steps. The ancient ballads and heroic ballads comprises of 70,000 stanzas has there are three major types within the group. To name them are: kvæði, tættir and vísir.

The other popular music within the region is skjaldur. It is sung by adults especially for the children, while narrating the sequence of fairy tales with the help of individual song that is sung.

Economy Of Faroe Islands
The economic development of the Faroe Islands depends mainly on the fishing industry. Fish farming along with processing contributes its major share in the income growth of the country. Government is making enough efforts in constructing several fish processing plants, which would increase the efficiency level of the present industry. Petroleum even has its minor share in the economy's revenue growth. Several business assignments have been put in place to bring along several investments within the country.

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