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Did you know?

Did you know that there are more sheep than people in the Faroe Islands? Or that a Faroe Islander has won the Nobel Prize? Or that you can find the Prime Minister’s phone number in the phonebook?

Here is a list of interesting things you probably don’t know about the Faroe Islands.

Did you know that:

  • Tinganes, where parliament met for the first time in year 825, is thought to be one of the oldest parliamentary meeting places in the world still in use.
  • During the Second World War, the British military occupied the Faroe Islands. Approximately 170 marriages took place between British soldiers and Faroese women.
  • Faroese company Bakkafrost is the eighth largest salmon farming company in the world.
  • The Faroe Islands is one of the world’s leading nations in producing sustainable electricity with over 50% of the nation’s electricity deriving from renewable energy sources
  • No point in the Faroe Islands is further than 5km (3 miles) from the sea.
  • Many houses in the Faroe Islands have grass roofs. Sheep – not mowing machines – are used for mowing the grass!
  • The Prime Minister’s phone number is in the phone book.
  • People population: 50,000. Sheep population: 70,000.
  • There is no prison in the Faroe Islands. Prisoners being held for more than a year and a half are sent to prisons in Denmark.
  • There are a total of three traffic lights in the Faroe Islands – all located in Tórshavn.
  • The population of the Faroe Islands consists of 80 different nationalities.
  • There are only two international fast-food outlets in the Faroe Islands: Burger King and Sunset Boulevard.
  • There are approximately 110 different species of birds in the Faroe Islands.
  • Many think the national bird is the puffin. It’s in fact the oystercatcher.
  • In the capital, Tórshavn, transport with city buses is free of charge.
  • Niels R. Finsen, a Faroese physician, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1903.
  • Faroese people have an average lifespan of 80.24 years old, which ranks 37 out of 224 countries worldwide (2015 estimate).
  • 85% of Faroese people of working age were part of the labour force in 2015, which is the highest of any European country
  • The average temperature during winter is 3°, one of the highest averages among the Nordic countries.
  • 97,4% of Faroese households have wireless internet.
  • One must be 18 years of age to drink and drive in the Faroe Islands (not at the same time, obviously). Sexual consent is 15 years of age.