Faroe Islands at a glance
With a total coastline of 1,100km, no point in the Faroes is further than 5km from the sea © VisitFaroeIslands
Location In the middle of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62°N, halfway between Scotland and Iceland
Neighbouring countries Closest land is North Rona, part of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, 257km (139 nautical miles) to the south
Size 1,399km² (545 square miles)
Area Faroese archipelago, 113km (70 miles) long and 75km (47 miles) wide. Total coastline of 1,100km (687 miles). No point in the Faroes is further than 5km (3 miles) from the sea.
Islands 18 volcanic islands separated by narrow sounds and fjords arranged roughly in the form of an arrowhead. All but one are inhabited.
Heights Highest mountain 882m (2,883ft); average height above sea level 300m (980ft)
Climate Average 3˚–11˚C, winter–summer
Population 49,117 (and roughly twice as many sheep)
Capital Tórshavn (population 21,000)
Status Self-governing region within the Kingdom of Denmark
Language Faroese. Danish has equal status in all official affairs.
Religion Evangelical Lutheran
Currency Faroese króna/Danish krone (kr) (for up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com)
International telephone code +298
Time GMT (winter); GMT+1 (summer)
Electrical voltage 220V; European two-pin plugs
Weights and measures Metric
Flag Red cross fringed with blue on a white background
Public holidays 1 January, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 25 April, Common Prayers’ Day (May), Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, Whit Monday, 5 June, 28–29 July (Ólavsøka), 24–26 December, 31 December