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about the faroe islands

Many names to the Faroe Islands: Faroe Islands or Faeroe Islands, Faroes or symply Faeroes, Føroyar, meaning "Sheep Islands", and another name which is a tribute to my current country of residence (denmark): Færøerne. I took the liberty to use some of these versions on this website.

The Faroes are a group of islands consisting of 18 islands in Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. They have been an autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948, making the islands a member of the Rigsfællesskab. The Faroes have, over the years, taken control of most matters except defence (though they have a native coast guard), foreign affairs and the legal system. These three areas are the responsibility of Denmark. If you would like its exact location its coordinates are 62°00'N 06°47'W.

Its area is 1,399 square kilometres (540 sq. mi), and has no major lakes or rivers. There are 1,117 kilometres (694 mi) of coastline, and no land boundaries with any other country. The only island that is uninhabited is Lítla Dímun.The islands are rugged and rocky with some low peaks; the coasts are mostly bordered by cliffs. The highest point is Slættaratindur, 882 metres (2,894 ft) above sea level. There are areas below sea level.
The Faroe Islands are dominated by tholeiitic basalt lava which was part of the great Thulean Plateau during the Paleogene period.
The climate is technically defined as Maritime Subarctic. The overall character of the islands' climate is determined by the strong cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which here produces the North Atlantic Current. This, together with the remoteness of any sources of warm airflows ensures that winters are mild (mean temperature 3.0 to 4.0°C) while summers are cool (mean temperature 9.5 to 10.5°C). The islands are windy, cloudy and cool throughout the year with over 260 rainy days in the year. The islands lie in the path of depressions moving north eastwards and this means that strong winds and heavy rain are possible at all times of the year. Sunny days are rare and overcast days are common.
main source for this page is wikipedia.

important links:
sea condition forecast
faroes weather
more faroes weather
real time weather data
wave forecast
tides for 2009
more about tides
climate data

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