Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands (17 of which are inhabited), located approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland. In 2017, the population of the islands was estimated to be approximately 50,000 people. The majority of citizens are ethnic Faroese, although people of Norse and Celtic descent are also represented.

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing nation within the Kingdom of Denmark. In this presidential democracy, the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands is the head of government and the Queen of Denmark, represented by a High Commissioner in the Faroe Islands, is the chief of state. Although part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands have had much autonomy since the 1948 Home Rule Act.

The economy of the Faroe Islands relies heavily on fishing, exporting fish around the world.

The name Føroyar (Faroe Islands) is derived from the old Norse language which means “Sheep Islands”, a fitting name for the islands given the abundance of sheep.

With the rugged landscape formed from volcanic activity, the Faroe Islands boast unspoiled scenery, idyllic mountains, narrow fjords, and stunning basalt cliffs. Preserved by its remote location, but modernized due to its political and economic success, the Faroe Islands are an excellent travel destination for those who love nature.

Currency DKK: Faroese Króna
Language Faroese
Capital Tórshavn
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Faroe Islands. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus in this country through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk for acquiring hepatitis B in this country.


Rabies may be present in bats, but has not been reported in domestic or wild animals in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Faroe Islands.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A in this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Faroe Islands.

None required.

Safety and Security in Faroe Islands

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Personal Safety

Most trips to the Faroe Islands are trouble-free and crime rates on the islands are extremely low.

Always monitor the weather closely, as it can change rapidly and unexpectantly. Strong winds and heavy rainstorms are common year-round. Always wear appropriate clothing and equipment when engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, diving, or birdwatching. Before engaging in outdoor activities, ensure someone is aware of your travel plans, especially when venturing to isolated parts of the islands.

Exercise caution when driving as roads can be narrow, open, and windy. Although all major roads are paved, some village roads may be unpaved.

Ensure travel and medical insurance is acquired before departing. In the case of a severe medical emergency, evacuation will likely be required.

The Faroe Islands have a strong LGBTI community. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2016.

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