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Føroyar
Færøerne

Føroyskt Føroyar

Føroyar eru oyggjaland í Norðuratlantshavi. Íbúgvarnir verða nevndir føroyingar, og tungumálið er føroyskt. Føroyska flaggið verður nevnt Merkið og føroyska skjaldarmerkið ímyndar ein veðr á bláum skjøldri.

Dansk Færøerne

Færøerne betyder fåreøerne. Øerne er en gruppe på 18 øer af vulkansk oprindelse i den nordlige del af Atlanterhavet mellem Skotland, Island og Norge.

English Faroe Islands - Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands or simply Faroes (From the Faroese Føroyar, meaning "Sheep Islands") are a group of islands in Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from ► Iceland to ► Norway, north to ► Scotland. They have been an autonomous region of the Kingdom of ► Denmark since 1948. The Faroese have, over the years, taken control of most matters except defence (they have a small organized native military in Mjørkadalur, including a small police force and coast guard) and foreign affairs, which are the responsibility of Denmark. The Faroes have close traditional ties to Iceland, Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland.


Short name Faroe Islands
Official name Faroe Islands
Status ► Danish autonomous region, Danish since 1380, present status since 1948
Location North West Europe
Capital Tórshavn
Population 48,317 inhabitants
Area 1,399 km²
Major language(s) Faroese, Danish
Major religion(s) Protestantism
More information Faroe Islands, Geography of the Faroe Islands, History of the Faroe Islands and Politics of the Faroe Islands
More images Faroe Islands - Faroe Islands (Category).

General maps

LocationFaroeIslands.png Location of the Faroe Islands
Fo-map.gif Map of the Faroe Islands
Faroe islands map with island names.png The Faroe Islands, also showing Vágar airport
The Danish Commonwealth.gif The Faroe Islands in the Kingdom of Denmark
Faroe map with villages, streets, straits, firths, ferry harbours and major moutains.png Map of the Faroe Islands
Map of the Faroe Islands en.svg Topographic map of the Faroe Islands
Syslur of the Faroe Islands.png The six regions (sýslur) of the Faroe Islands:
Blue: Vágar
Green: Streymoy
Red: Eysturoy
Yellow: Norðoyar
Violet: Sandoy
Turquoise: Suðuroy
Map-kommunur-foroya-2009.png Regions of the Faroe Islands

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day the Faroe Islands, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day the Faroe Islands.

The Kalmar Union at the beginning of the 16 Century.PNG The Faroe Islands are inhabited by Norwegian colonists during the Viking period. It officially becomes a possesion of Norway in 1035. Denmark seizes the Faroe Islands in 1380 and annexes them to Denmark. This maps shows the islands as part of the Denmark dominated Kalmar Union in the 16th century). In 1655 Danish king gives the islands as a feudal estate to the von Gabel family, but in 1709 the island become a Danish crown possession again. Denmark adminisers the islands from 1720 as part of Iceland and from 1776 as part of Sjælland county.
Denmark-Norway in 1780.PNG Denmark-Norway including the Faroe Islands 1780
The Faroe Islands have autonomy and even an own parliament. In 1816 the autonomy is abandoned although the islands become become a separate county as the Faroe Islands. From 1940-1945 the islands are under British occupation. In 1948 the Faroe Islands gain internal self-government.

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps more than 70 years old.

Faroe map 1673 by lucas debes.png "Færoarum - Prima & accurata delineatio". Map by Lucas Debes 1673, the first known detailed map of the Faroes

Other maps

Faroe islands isoglosses.png Isoglosses in the Faroese language

Satellite maps

Faroes030417-nasa(2).jpg Satellite map

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