Interesting facts about the Faroe Islands

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      131

Interesting nature of the Faroe Islands, which are part of Denmark, attracts tourists who are curious and not afraid of the long road. In fact, they are an independent country, although geopolitically they are not. The people here differ markedly in their habits and customs from the mainlanders, and the local culture is truly unique.

Facts about the Faroe Islands

  • The Faroese language has an official status on a par with Danish.
  • Although the Faroe Islands are part of Denmark, since the middle of the last century, Faroe Islands de facto represent almost an independent country.
  • The roofs of most houses on the Faroe Islands are green and the houses themselves are painted in bright colors. This adds life colors and makes the city beautiful, which is important, given that the nature here is harsh and poor, but beautiful.
  • The first inhabitants of the islands were Scots and Irish, around the 8th century, but they soon left them because of Norwegian Viking raids. Modern Faroese are mostly descendants of Scandinavians.
  • The city of Torshavn has been the capital of the Faroe Islands continuously since 850 AD. It is home to 13,000 people, which is almost 30% of the population.
  • The official currency here is the Danish krone, but with its own design.
  • Faroese make up about 90% of the population of the islands.

  • The most common foreign languages on the Faroe Islands are Norwegian, English and Danish.
  • From 1940 to 1945, the Faroe Islands were occupied by Great Britain, which sought to prevent the Germans from taking possession of them.
  • The roofs of some houses on the islands are covered with turf, with grass growing on it. In Iceland they do the same thing. It is both beautiful and helps to save heat.
  • Although all Faroese have less than 50 thousand people, there are 77 nationalities.
  • There are only three traffic lights for the entire Faroe Islands. All of them are in the capital, Torshavn.
  • Crime is almost non-existent here. There aren’t even any prisons! None. And in those rare cases when a crime happens, the caught criminals are sent to Denmark.
  • There is no McDonald’s on the Faroe Islands.
  • They are washed by the warm Gulf Stream, so the water near the coast has a temperature of about +10 degrees all year round.
  • Rain and snow are very common here. Rainfall on the Faroe Islands is about 280 days per year, 9.5 months out of 12 each year.
  • Local farmers hang reflectors on the legs of sheep to prevent them from being hit by cars in the dark.
  • Free buses run through the capital of the Faroe Islands. But there are also paid routes.

  • The islands are of volcanic origin. They were formed about 30 million years ago.
  • Connecting the two islands of the Faroe archipelago is the only bridge in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Despite its location near the Arctic Circle, it is relatively cool here. But in summer, the average temperature is only 7 degrees higher than in winter - +10 degrees and +3, respectively.
  • According to the popular magazine National Geographic, Faroe Islands are the friendliest island community in the world.
  • The weather here often changes 10-20 times a day. The sun is replaced by rain and fog.
  • For a long time, alcohol was completely forbidden on Faroe Islands. Prohibition has been abolished, but the alcohol is still worth a lot.
  • The basis of island income - fishing and tourism. About 97% of all goods exported from here - fish and seafood.
  • Most Faroese don’t use door keys and don’t lock the doors, because there’s no theft here.
  • In the local school science classes, children also learn how to slaughter and properly butcher sheep.
  • Popular Faroese food is sheep’s head. Frozen heads are sold in most supermarkets.
  • A ban on the sale of alcohol on the Faroe Islands was imposed shortly after local women gained the right to vote in elections.


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