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Faroe Islands: The Paradise Island for Bird Lovers
The early inhabitants of Faroe Islands were the Irish monks who settled here around sixth century A.D. The Vikings replaced them in the 9 th century. From 14 th century onwards these islands had been under political control of Denmark and it attained self-government in the year 1948. Faroe Islands is well known as natural nesting place for a large variety of birds and this naturally makes it a gold mine for bird watchers. The Faroe Islands also has beautiful architectural sculptures in St. Olav church in Kirkubjor.
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Faroe Islands Geography, Climate and Economy:
These islands have relatively rugged mountainous terrain characterized by rocky and low peak hills. The coastal areas are circumscribed by cliffs, which are prominently highest in Europe. Some of the sea cliffs are notably highest in the world too. Most of the islands are of elongated shape appearing like a slice of bread on the map.
The climate of Faroe Islands is usually foggy and windy along with strong winds originating from the Atlantic Ocean. The winters usually remain mild while the summers have cool temperature. The islands mostly remain wet and cloudy throughout the year.
Fishing forms an integral part of the economy, which is liable for price changes. There are some oil contents near its shores, which are contributing to its economy. Hydropower is yet another natural resource adding to its economy. However, it also depends on Denmark's economic assistance.
Culture and Cuisine of Faroe Islands :
The indigenous culture of the Faroe Islands has the origins of Nordic culture. The inhabitants of the islands were secluded from the other European cultural influences thereby they have preserved their own traditional culture. The native language of the locals is Faroese along with Danish. The traditional local music is largely vocal without any musical instrument.
The Faroesean cuisine primarily has Danish culture influences along with American and Italian influences, which is reflected through their cuisines. The cuisines range from American salads, chicken, barbeque to Italian pizza and pasta. The natives are usually fond of Pork meat, smoked Herring, fish and egg yolk.
Tourist Sites in Faroe Islands:
Faroe Islands offer a plethora of tourist sites. The islands have a long preserved ancient history that is reflected through its long preserved church of St Olav in Kirkjubour, which was built in 12 th century and yet stands majestically. Another foremost historical monument is the grand structure of Magnus Cathedral, belonging to 14 th century. Besides this, the islands offer hiking opportunities for the adventurers. It has a number of wildlife sanctuaries.
Some other Tourist Sites are:
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