Official Name: Faroe Islands
Official Languages: Faroese and Danish
Spoken Languages: Faroese and Danish
Population: 49,709 (2013 est.)
Currency: Faroese króna (DKK)
Time Zone: WET (UTC+0)
The Faroe Islands is a group of small islands that can be found between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The islands are owned by Denmark. Most of the population resides in the capital, Tórshavn, making the city the largest out of all the islands.
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The Faroe Islands have a rocky terrain. There are 18 islands altogether, most of the islands coasts are covered in cliffs. The closest inhabited island is over 177 miles which is a Scottish island, Shetland. The Faroe Islands have a subpolar oceanic climate. The islands are usually windy and wet all year round. Temperatures can be as high as 22°C (71.6°F) or as low as -11°C (12.2°F).
Geographic data: 62°00'N 06°47'W
Natural hazards: Landslides and heavy rainfall are both risks associated with the Faroe Islands.
Birth rate: 13 births/1000 people (2014 est.)
Death rate: 8 deaths/1000 people (2014 est.)
Life expectancy: 79.85 (2012 est.)
You are allowed to drive on the Faroe Islands. Most of the roads are well kept, however, it is still advised to take care on these roads. You can drive with a valid driving license. You must drive on the right. Hire cars are available and different requirements will be needed for different hire companies.
Crime is minimal on the Faroe Islands. Petty crime occurs but is not common. Take general care, keep an eye on possessions and try to avoid travelling alone at night.
You will need to apply for a specific Faroe Island visa, this will allow you access to the islands.
Your passport needs to be valid for the entirety of your stay, no further extensions are required.
Currency: Faroese króna (DKK)
There are no health requirements for the Faroe Islands currently.
Currently, FCO have not advised on the Faroe Islands. However, this information could change at any time. It is advised that you check the FCO website before you travel: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Direct Travel Insurance cannot offer cover for any areas or countries to which the FCO advise against travel.
The Faroe Islands have not been highly influenced by other cultures, they continue to stick with their own traditional culture which is based around the Nordic culture. Whaling is a huge part of the traditional sport of the Faroe Islands, these are conducted by communities on the islands. Hundreds of whales are killed around the Faroe Islands due to this popular traditional sport. Music and literature are also popular traditional values of the Faroe Islands.
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