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The Faroe or Faeroe Islands are a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometres north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland. It is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. The islands have a total area of about 1,400 square kilometres with a population of about 50 000. The landscape is rugged and the weather is ever changing on these beautiful islands, with striking views of volcanic islands, like windswept mountains, crashing waves, jagged coastlines and northern lights. Those wishing for a nature experience like no other should definately visit the Faroe Islands.
The population on the islands is about 50 000 and there are actually more sheep on the islands and there are people. The vikings brought the sheep by boat and since then the animals have been a central part of the agriculture. These days it is almost impossible not to find flocks of sheep wherever you are, and a typical souvernir is a classic wool sweater! Most native animals are non-existent, except for a wide variety of birds that includes the charming puffin bird.
Tórshavn, meaning Thor’s harbour, is the capital and largest city of the Faroe Islands. It is in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy. The Norse established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in AD 850. Tórshavn thus became the capital of the Faroe Islands and has remained so ever since.