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Official name Faroe Islands Name in local language Føroyar (fo) ; Færøerne (da) Continent Europe Subcontinent Europe (outside the European Union) Population ( ranking: 224) e 51,312 inhabitants (2019) Population growth 1.61 % / year Area 1,393 km² Density 36.84 inhabitants / km² GDP ( ranking: 188) e 2.689 billions $USD (2016) GDP/capita ( ranking) 55,823 $USD (2016) GDP growth 5.64 % / year (2016) Life expectancy ( ranking) 82.20 years (2017) Birth rate 13.50 ‰ (2016) Fertility rate 2.47 children / woman (2017) Death rate ( ranking) 8.97 ‰ (2017) Infant mortality rate ( ranking) 3.05 ‰ (2016) Literacy rate 100.00 % (2019) Official languages Faroese, Danish Currency Faroese króna (DKK) HDI ( ranking: 8) e 0.950 / 1 (2008) EPI ( ranking) 81.60 (2018) Government Devolved government within parliamentary constitutional monarchy (autonomous since 1948) Head of State Queen Margrethe II ; High Commissioner Lene Moyell Johansen ; Prime Minister Aksel V. Johannesen National Day 29 July (Ólavsøka ; Further autonomy in 2005) ISO Codes FO, FRO Demonym Faroe Islander, Faroese Tourists ( ranking) 137,538 people (2018)
Faroe Islands are a sparsely populated subarctic archipelago, located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Scotland in the United Kingdom and Iceland. The Faroe Islands form a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark, with Denmark and Greenland. They have been an autonomous province of Denmark since 1948. Cliffs, Faroe. Source: Wildlife Archives
The territory lives mainly from fishing and aquaculture, of which it exports the majority of products to the European Union. Almost half of the population lives in the capital’s urban area, Tórshavn.
Tórshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands. Photo: Arne Urban areas (2019) Administrative divisions
Regions (Sýslur) Population Area Eysturoy 11,214 inhabitants 286 km² Norðoyar (Northern Isles) 6,053 inhabitants 239 km² Sandoy 1,282 inhabitants 124 km² Streymoy 24,052 inhabitants 392 km² Suðuroy 4,632 inhabitants 166 km² Vágar 3,218 inhabitants 186 km² See also