About the Faroe Islands

Situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, roughly half way between Scotland and Iceland, the Faroes are made up of 18 mountainous islands, 17 of which are inhabited by the population of 53.000.

The language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese, a west Nordic language most closely related to Icelandic, which derives from the language of the Norsemen who settled the islands from Norway and the northern British isles over 1100 years ago.

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing nation within the Kingdom of Denmark. Under the existing constitutional arrangements, the Faroese Parliament legislates independently of Denmark on all areas of self-government as defined by the Home Rule Act, including the conservation and management of fish and whale stocks within the 200-mile fisheries zone.

Unlike Denmark, the Faroe Islands are not a member of the EU, but maintain bilateral trade agreements and bilateral fisheries agreements with the EU and number of other countries, including their nearest neighbours, Norway and Iceland.

If you would like to know more about the Faroe Islands, please visit www.faroeislands.fo