Faroe Islands

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Country Name The Faroe Islands.


Location

The Faroe Islands are a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometers (200 mi) north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland.

Like Greenland, it is an independent territory within the Kingdom of Denmark.


Capital

Tórshavn.

Flag

The flag was adopted on 25 April 1940.

The flag takes its design from Christianity, it composed of a white background with the cross of the Faroe Islands’ flag that is red with blue lines outlining the whole cross except for its ends.

The white color represents the sea’s foam, the region’s bright sky, and the flag’s three creators, Jens Lisberg, Janus Øssursson, and Paul Dahl;

while the old Faroese blue and red colors are reminiscent of other Scandinavian and Nordic flags; representing the Faroe Islands' bonds with other Nordic countries

*Flag Facts:

- The flag is called Merkið, which means "the banner" or "the mark".

- The flag is similar to the flags of neighboring Norway and Iceland.


Language

The Faroese language* is the official language in the Faroe Islands and is used in all matters in business, administration, political and cultural life.

Danish is the second language and practically everyone can speak and write Danish.

Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish are understood and spoken in many places, and most people are capable of communicating in English too.

*Faroese derives from Old Norse and is closely related to Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish.




Religion

The majority of the Faroese population, approximately 85 %, belongs to the Faroese Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The Faroe Islands is a diocese divided into 14 parishes with a total of 62 churches and 9 houses of prayer.

There are several other religious communities in the Faroes, the largest community is the Plymouth Brethren, about 13 % of the total population belongs to this community.

Other minority religious communities are the Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, the Pentecostal Movement, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Philadelphia congregation (a branch of the Pentecostal Movement), and the Bahá’í Faith.


Currency

Faroese króna (DKK).




Time Zone +00:00 GMT.

+01:00 GMT. (Summer Time).



Government Regime The Faroe Islands are a self-governing nation under the external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark.


Climate On the Faroe Islands, the climate is cold, wet, and rainy throughout the year. The influence of the ocean narrows the temperature range both between night and day and between winter and summer.

The average temperature ranges from 3.5 °C (38 °F) in February to 11 °C (52 °F) in August, which is the mildest month. Therefore, the climate is almost subpolar because of the cold summer, even though the average in winter remains above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F).

The best time to visit the Faroes is summer, from June to August, since it is the least cold and the least rainy period of the year. In September, the temperature is as cool as in June, but it rains more often and the days are shorter.



International Phone Code +298


Internet Code

.fo