Faroe Islands facts and figures

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.

Location:
Northern Europe, island group between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic
Ocean, about one-half of the way from Iceland to Norway

Area:

total: 1,399 sq km

water: 0 sq km (some lakes and streams)

land: 1,399 sq km

Land boundaries:

0 km

Climate:

mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy, windy

Terrain:

rugged, rocky, some low peaks; cliffs along most of coast

Land use:

arable land: 2.14%

permanent crops: 0%

other: 97.86% (1998 est.)

Population:

46,345 (July 2003 est.)

Nationality:

noun: Faroese (singular and plural)

adjective: Faroese

Languages:

Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish