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Faroe Islands Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Faroe Islands Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

Location:
Northern Europe, island group between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Iceland and Norway

Geographic coordinates:
62 00 N, 7 00 W

Map references:
Europe

Area:
total: 1,393 sq km
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land: 1,393 sq km
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water: 0 sq km (some lakes and streams)
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 183

Area - comparative:
eight times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
1,117 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - territorial sea country ranks ]
continental shelf: 200 nm or agreed boundaries or median line
[see also: Maritime claims - continental shelf country ranks ]
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm or agreed boundaries or median line
[see also: Maritime claims - exclusive fishing zone country ranks ]

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

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

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

Natural resources:
fish, whales, hydropower, possible oil and gas

Land use:
agricultural land: 2.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
arable land: 2.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 0% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
permanent pasture: 0% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent pasture country ranks ]
forest: 0.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 97.8% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Population distribution:
the island of Streymoy is by far the most populous with over 40% of the population; it has approximately twice as many inhabitants as Eysturoy, the second most populous island; seven of the inhabited islands have fewer than 100 people

Natural hazards:
strong winds and heavy rains can occur throughout the year

Environment - current issues:
coastal erosion, landslides and rockfalls, flash flooding, wind storms; oil spills

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Marine Dumping - associate member to the London Convention and Ship Pollution

Geography - note:
archipelago of 17 inhabited islands and one uninhabited island, and a few uninhabited islets; strategically located along important sea lanes in northeastern Atlantic; precipitous terrain limits habitation to small coastal lowlands


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Faroe Islands on this page is re-published from the 2019 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Faroe Islands Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Faroe Islands Geography 2019 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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