Area: 1 394 sq km
Population: 52 934 inhab. (estimate 2021)
Density: 37.97 inhab./sq km
Coordinates: lat. 62° - 61° N; long. 8° - 6° W
Capital: Tórshavn (chief town) 13 641 inhab. (2021); Tórshavn 22 350 inhab. (2021), urban agglomeration
Currency: Faroese króna and Danish krone (100 øre)
Prime Minister: Bárður á Steig Nielsen (centre-right), since 16 September 2019
Internet: www.hagstova.fo (Hagstova Føroya)
Member of  Nordic Council

Faroe Islands

Førøyar, Færøerne
Useful information

GMT  0
DST  +1
DST duration (start-end) late March-late October



Politics and current affairs

An archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean lying between Scotland and Iceland; it comprises 22 islands, of which 17 are inhabited. Since 1948, it has enjoyed considerable autonomy, with its own legislative assembly (the Løgting) of 33 members and its own government. The islands are not part of the European Union.

Administrative division

Administrative divisions
Cities
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Tórshavn13 641inhab.2021
Klaksvík4 839inhab.2019
Urban agglomerations
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Tórshavn22 350inhab.2021
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Population

Population by age and gender (% - 2020)
60+
15-59
0-14
MALEAGEFEMALE
Demographic statistics
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Birth rate13$2020
Death rate7$2020
Religions
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Christian87$%2011
other9$%2011


Languages
DESCRIPTION
Danish (official)
Faroese (official)
Population by selected age groups
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
0-14 years19.7%2020
15-29 years21.4%2020


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Economy


Economy.
The main economic activities, which also form most of the country’s exports, are fishing and fish farming as well as fish-drying (cod) and salting. The economy is subsidized by Denmark.

Economy - General data
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Agricultural prod. index (2004-06=100)100.68index2016
Agricultural prod. index (2014-16=100)95.69index2019
Economy - Employment
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Active population31 512units2018
Active population, Females46.1%2018
Economy - Unemployment
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Unemployment rate2$%2018
Unemployment rate, Females54.7%2018
Employment by economic activity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
agriculture9.9%2018
industry20.8%2018
GDP by economic activity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
agriculture22$%2017
industry18.5%2017
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Agriculture

Land use
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
arable land2.149%2018
forests0.057%2018
Agriculture - products - Roots and tubers
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
potatoes1.1581000 t2019
roots and tubers, total1.1581000 t2019
Agriculture - areas harvested - Roots and tubers
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
potatoes0.081000 ha2019
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Forests-Livestock-Fishing

Livestock - Cattle
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
cattle1.8191000 heads2019
cattle and buffaloes1.8191000 heads2019
Livestock - Sheep
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
sheep70.7241000 heads2019
Livestock - Livestock products
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
hides and skins0.121000 t2019
meat0.6381000 t2019
Fishing
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
crustaceans and molluscs10 282.575t2019
marine fishes642 836.229t2019
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Energy

Electric energy - Generated
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
- thermal216M kWh2019
- hydro102M kWh2019
Electric energy - Installed capacity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
- thermal69$1000 kW2018
- hydro40$1000 kW2019
Electric energy - Total production and capacity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
total net generation381.8M kWh2019
total installed capacity125.651000 kW2018
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Industry

Industry - Various
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
manufacturing production197.724M US$2019
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Trade

International trade by country - Merchandise Export
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
United Kingdom132M US$2009
Denmark83.8M US$2009
International trade by country - Merchandise Import
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Denmark238M US$2009
Norway142M US$2009
Merchandise Export
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
20171 305.757M US$ -
20161 191.68M US$ -
Merchandise Import
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
20171 096.199M US$ -
2016979.286M US$ -
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Communications

Communication - Transport
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Merchant fleet101units2021
Merchant fleet, gross tonnage401 462t2021
Communication - Media and telecommunication
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Broadband subscribers374.889per 1000 pop.2018
Internet users975.82per 1000 pop.2017
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Social and welfare

Social statistics - Education
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Public spending on education8.2% of GDP2017
Social statistics - Social protection
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Social protection spending17.2% of GDP2017
Social statistics - Health
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Hospital beds4.1per 1000 pop.2016
Physicians1.5per 1000 pop.2016
Museums
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Museums3$units2018
Museums, visitors26 194units2018
Other social indicators
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Access to electricity100%2019
Access to improved drinking-water source100%2017
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