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The Faroe Islands

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The Faroe islands are a cluster of 18 islands constituting an archipelago found halfway between Norway and Iceland, flanked by the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. 

The islands comprise of approximately 1400 square kilometres land with 1100 kilometres of accompanying coastal line. The terrain is a testament to the islands volcanic origins being distinctly rocky with the coastline primarily consisting of cliffs.

The archipelago has a maritime subarctic climate and the climate is primarily characterised by overcast, rainy and windy days. However, due to the proximity of the gulf current, the Faroese winters are fairly mild. 

The Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark but is a self-governing territory and has its own parliament called Føroya Løgting. There are 30 municipalities spread across the 18 Faroe Islands, with about 120 settlements within these municipalities. Of the almost 50.000 Faroese inhabitants about 19.000 live in the capital municipality of Tórshavn.

The official language is Faroese which is rooted in the ancient Nordic language, enabling Faroese to understand most Nordic languages.

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