map of the Færoer Islands FÆROER ISLANDS

general data of the country

General useful information
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
Nation and population
official name (short form): Færøerne ; Føroyar
country code ISO: FO //; - FIPS: FO
location: North Atlantic Ocean
time zone: +0 UT
surface (land) area: 1400 = 541 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 62° N / South: 61° N / East: 6° W / West: 8° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): North Atlantic Ocean
climate: moderate cool maritime
dependency changed 1948-04-01
type of government: self-governing region within the realm of Denmark
capital: Tórshavn
administrative division: syssel [=region] (7)
population according to the latest census (1996): 43,495
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 45,296 ; 2001: 45,661
population density: 32,5 per = 84 per sq.mi
population growth: 1,4% //; - doubling time: years
birth rate: 18 per 1000
death rate: 8 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 9 per 1000
life expectancy: 78 years (male: 75; female: 81)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 24,4% //; - 15-59 years: 57,9% //; - 60+ years: 17,8%
urbanisation: 33% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: 100%
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: of Scandinavian descent
languages: Færoese, Danish
religious affiliation: Lutheran 80,8%; Roman Catholic 0,2%; other, or non religious 19%
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician:
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: %
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: 99% (male: %; female: %)
Economy and infrastructure
Economy and trade
currency: Danish kroner
annual inflation rate: 3%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 16450 per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 14000 per capita
import: USD 238 per capita //; - export: USD 321 per capita
trade: USD 14000 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: DK GB NO
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: 27%
unemployment: %
tourism: only a small number of visitors
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 2% //; - grass land: 35% //; - wooded area: 10% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 19% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 15%
agricultural products: sheep farming, fishing
livestock (1000s): asses: / cattle: 2 / goats: / horses: / pigs: / poultry: / sheep: 69
fish catch: 345415 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 33% //; - part of industry in GDP: 13%
industrial products: food processing: frozen fish, fishmeal; ship-repairing yards
mining products: none
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: 45% //; - part of services in GDP: 67%
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 458 km //; - of which paved: 20% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 318 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 3 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 447 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office: 1010
personal computers: per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: Slættaratindur 882 m, Villingadalsfjall 844, Svártbakstindur 803
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): Sorvágsvatn
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: a few small and short rivers that only drain water from the mountains
canals: none
waterfalls: unknown
caves: longest system: unknown / deepest:
islands: group of 22 islands of which 17 are inhabited; see further the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
in some sources data are only given in combination with figures of Denmark
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:

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