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Faroe Islands


    • Affiliation:
      (part of the Danish realm)

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

    • Map references:
      Europe

    • Area:

        total area:
        1,400 sq km

        land area:
        1,400 sq km

        comparative area:
        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

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy, windy

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

    • Natural resources:
      fish

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        2%

        permanent crops:
        0%

        meadows and pastures:
        0%

        forest and woodland:
        0%

        other:
        98%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        NA

        natural hazards:
        NA

        international agreements:
        NA

    • 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






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