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Faroe Islands - Introduction 1996
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Background: 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.

Faroe Islands - Geography 1996
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Location: Northern Europe, island group between the Norwegian Sea and the north Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Iceland to Norway

Geographic coordinates

Map reference

Total: 1,400 km²
Land: 1,400 km²
Comparative: slightly less than eight times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 764 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 3 nm

Climate: Mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy, windy

Terrain: Rugged, rocky, some low peaks; cliffs along most of coast

Extremes lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Extremes highest point: Slaettaratindur 882 m

Natural resources: Fish
Land use

Land use
Arable land: 2%
Permanent crops: 0%
Permanent pastures: 0%
Forests and woodland: 0%
Other: 98%

Irrigated land: NA

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards


Faroe Islands - People 1996
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43,857 (July 1996 est.)
48,871 (July 1995 est.)

Growth rate:
-1.8% (1996 est.)
0.99% (1995 est.)

Noun: Faroese (singular and plural)
Adjective: Faroese

Ethnic groups: Scandinavian

Languages: Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish

Religions: Evangelical Lutheran

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure
0-14 years:
24% (male 5,461; female 5,280)
24% (male 6,119; female 5,673)

15-64 years:
62% (male 14,488; female 12,617)
63% (male 16,835; female 14,164)

65 years and over:
14% (male 2,661; female 3,350) (July 1996 est.)
13% (male 2,745; female 3,335) (July 1995 est.)

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate:
-1.8% (1996 est.)
0.99% (1995 est.)

Birth rate:
13.91 births/1000 population (1996 est.)
17.54 births/1000 population (1995 est.)

Death rate:
8.69 deaths/1000 population (1996 est.)
7.59 deaths/1000 population (1995 est.)

Net migration rate:
-23.19 migrant(s)/1000 population (1996 est.)
0 migrant(s)/1000 population (1995 est.)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: NA
Current issues Natural hazards: NA
International agreements: NA
International agreements note: Archipelago of 18 inhabited islands and a few uninhabited islets; strategically located along important sea lanes in northeastern Atlantic; precipitous terrain limits habitation to small coastal lowlands

Air pollutants

Sex ratio
At birth: 0.99 male(s)/female
Under 15 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.15 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.79 male(s)/female
All ages:
1.06 male(s)/female (1996 est.) Infant Mortality Rate:7.2 deaths/1000 live births (1996 est.)
7.9 deaths/1000 live births (1995 est.)

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 77.83 years (1996 est.), 78.29 years (1995 est.)
Male: 74.75 years (1996 est.), 74.91 years (1995 est.)
Female: 80.88 years (1996 est.), 81.8 years (1995 est.)

Total fertility rate:
2.38 children born/woman (1996 est.)
2.42 children born/woman (1995 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: definition:NA

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Faroe Islands - Government 1996
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Country name
Conventional long form: none
Conventional short form: Faroe Islands
Local long form: none
Local short form: Foroyar

Government type: Part of the Danish realm; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark

Capital: Torshavn

Administrative divisions: None (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

Dependent areas

Independence: None (part of the Danish realm; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

National holiday: Birthday of the Queen, 16 April (1940)

Constitution: 5 June 1953 (Danish constitution)

Legal system: Danish

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 20 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state: Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Bent KLINTE (since NA)
Head of government: Prime Minister Edmund JOENSEN (since 15 September 1994)
Cabinet: Landsstyri; elected by the local legislature

Legislative branch: Unicameral Faroese Parliament (Logting):Elections last held 8 July 1994 (next to be held by July 1998; results_percent of vote by party NA; seats_(32 total) Liberal Party 8, People's Party 6, Social Democrats 5, Republicans 4, Workers' Party 3, Christian Democrats 2, Center Party 2, Home Rule Party 2 Danish Parliament:Elections last held on 21 September 1994 (next to be held by September 1998; results_percent of vote by party NA; seats_(2 total) Liberals 2

Judicial branch: None

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: None

Diplomatic representation

Flag descriptionflag of Faroe%20Islands: White with a red cross outlined in blue that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the DANNEBROG (Danish flag)

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Faroe Islands - Economy 1996
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Economy overview: The Faroese economy is experiencing a moderate upturn after several years of decline brought on by over-fishing and declining fish prices, large budget deficits by the Faroese Home Rule Government (FHRG), plummeting property values, and a bail-out merger of the two largest Faroese banks. Near-term forecasts suggest continued economic recovery, and oil finds close to the Faroese area may lay the basis for an eventual economic rebound. Aided by a substantial annual subsidy from Denmark, the Faroese have enjoyed a standard of living comparable to the Danes and other Scandinavians.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: -10.8% (1993 est.)

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: Accounts for 27% of GDP; principal crops_potatoes and vegetables; livestock_sheep; annual fish catch about 360,000 metric tons


Industrial production growth rate: Growth rate NA

Labor force: 17,585
Note: largely engaged in fishing, transportation and commerce
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 23% (1993)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Revenues: $407.2 million
Expenditures: $482.7 million, including capital expenditures of NA (1993 est.)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: 1 April_31 March

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: total value. $345.3 million (f.o.b., 1993 est.)
Fish and fish products 88%
Animal feedstuffs
Transport equipment (ships) (1989)

Denmark 20%
Germany 18.3%
U.K. 14.2%
France 11.2%
Spain 7.9%
U.S. 4.5%

Imports: total value:$234.4 million (c.i.f., 1993 est.)
Machinery and transport equipment 24.4%
Manufactures 24%
Food and livestock 19%
Fuels 12%
Chemicals 6.5%

Denmark 43.8%
Norway 19.8%
Sweden 4.9%
Germany 4.2%
U.S. 1.3%

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $1.2 billion (1993 est.)

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Danish kroner (DKr) per US$1_5.652 (January 1996), 5.602 (1995), 6.361 (1994), 6.484 (1993), 6.036 (1992), 6.396 (1991), 6.189 (1990)

Faroe Islands - Energy 1996
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 200 million kWh

Electricity consumption
Per capita: 3,953 kWh (1992)

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Faroe Islands - Communication 1996
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system: 27,900 telephones; good international communications; fair domestic facilities
Local: NA
Intercity: NA
International: 3 coaxial submarine cables

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Faroe Islands - Military 1996
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Faroe Islands - Transportation 1996
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 1
914 to 1523 m: 1

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine
Total: 7 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 19,879 GRT/18,444 DWT
Ships by type: cargo 5, roll-on/roll-off cargo 1, short-sea passenger 1 (1995 est.)

Ports and terminals

Faroe Islands - Transnational issues 1996
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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