Regions of the Faroe Islands

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I have reconsidered the division into regions and decided that Suderø (Suðuroy) should be listed as a single entity again. The regions have lost almost all of their administrative significance. I don't count electoral districts as administrative divisions, because they're too unstable, but it is suggestive that Suderø is a single constituency. Wikipedia says that the Ministry of the Interior wants to reduce the number of municipalities to as few as seven or as many as fifteen through amalgamations. This process is already under way. When it reaches completion, it will probably be more meaningful to treat the municipalities as the primary subdivisions.

Country overview: 

Short nameFAROE ISLANDS
ISO codeFO
FIPS codeFO
LanguagesFaroese (fo), Danish
Time zone+0 ~
CapitalThorshavn

 

The Faroes are a county of Denmark with limited autonomy.

Other names of country: 

  1. Danish: Færøerne
  2. Dutch: Faeröer
  3. English: Faeroes (obsolete)
  4. Faroese: Føroyar
  5. Finnish: Färsaaret
  6. French: Îles fp Féroé
  7. German: Färöer
  8. Icelandic: Færeyjar
  9. Italian: Isole fp Faroe, Isole Färoër
  10. Norwegian: Færøyene (Bokmål), Færøyane (Nynorsk)
  11. Portuguese: Ilhas fp Feroé, Ilhas fp Faroë (Brazil)
  12. Russian: Фарерские острова
  13. Spanish: Islas fp Feroé
  14. Swedish: Färöarna
  15. Turkish: Faroe Adaları

Origin of name: 

Faroese Føroyar: sheep islands

Primary subdivisions: 

The Faroe Islands are divided into six syssel (Danish) or sýsla (Faroese), meaning regions.

RegionHASCPopulationArea(km.²)Area(mi.²)Faroese
NorderøerneFO.NO5,97424193Norðoya
ØsterøFO.OS10,887286111Eysturoyar
SandøFO.SA1,43812548Sandoyar
StrømøFO.ST22,551392151Streymoyar
SuderøFO.SU4,84416764Suðuroyar
VågøFO.VG3,08418873Vága
6 regions48,7781,399540

Postal codes: 

The Faroes have three-digit postal codes. For international mail to the Faroes, FR- may be prefixed to the postal code.

Further subdivisions:

See the Communes of the Faroe Islands page.

The regions are further subdivided into kommunur (communes).

Territorial extent: 

  1. Norderøerne includes the islands of Bordø (Borðoy), Fuglø (Fugloy), Kalsø (Kalsoy), Kunø (Kunoy), Svinø (Svínoy), Viderø (Viðoy), and adjacent islets.
  2. Østerø includes the island of Østerø and adjacent islets.
  3. Sandø includes the islands of Sandø, Skuø (Skúvoy, Skuva), Store Dimon (Stóra Dímun, Great Dimon), and adjacent islets.
  4. Strømø includes the islands of Strømø, Hestø (Hestur), Kolter (Koltur), Nolsø (Nólsoy), and adjacent islets.
  5. Suderø includes the islands of Suderø, Lille Dimon (Lítla Dímun, Little Dimon), and adjacent islets.
  6. Vågø includes the islands of Vågø, Myggenæs (Mykines), and adjacent islets.

Change history: 

~1957: Suderø region split into Suderø Nordre and Suderø Søndre regions.

RegionHASCPopulationArea(km.²)Area(mi.²)CapitalFaroese
NorderøerneFO.NO5,81424193KlaksvikNorðoya
ØsterøFO.OS9,998286111FuglafjørdhurEysturoyar
SandøFO.SA2,61512548SandurSandoyar
StrømøFO.ST20,562392151VestmannaStreymoyar
Suderø NordreFO.SN2,6849737TvøroyriSuðuroyar Norðra
Suderø SøndreFO.SS2,2877027VágarSuðuroyar Sunnara
VågøFO.VG1,44918873SørvágurVága
7 regions45,4091,399540

 

~2004: Suderø Nordre and Suderø Søndre merged again.

Other names of subdivisions: 

  1. Norderøerne: Norðoyar, Norderøer (variant)
  2. Østerø: Eysturoy (variant)
  3. Strømø: Stremoy, Streymoy (variant)
  4. Vågø: Vágoy, Vágar, Vaagø (variant)
  5. Sandø: Sandoy (variant)
  6. Suderø: Suðuroy, Syderø (variant)

Population history:

Region1911-02-011945-12-311955-11-301960-09-261970-11-161977-09-221989-12-311999-12-31
Norderøerne2,0873,9284,8045,0865,4275,6656,1655,814
Østerø4,1116,8116,9547,3828,0979,00810,5739,998
Sandø1,2961,7641,7101,7361,6321,7061,7822,615
Strømø5,0498,30710,15211,69215,29616,97320,61020,562
Suderø Nordre3,8175,9916,1823,0562,9523,0613,0912,684
Suderø Søndre2,9892,6222,7422,7862,287
Vågø1,6402,3772,6542,6552,5862,8142,9391,449
Totals18,00029,17832,45634,59638,61241,96947,94645,409
  • Dates: Census date (1911, 1945, 1955, 1960, 1977); in other years, population figures were
    compiled from population registers.

Sources: 

  1. [1] Statistik Årbog 2000, published by Danmarks Statistik, Copenhagen, 2000.
  2. [2] U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency map, dated 1962-02.
  3. [3] Statistical Service of the Faroe Isles  (retrieved 2009-10-05).
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