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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.

Faroe Islands Fast Facts:

  • National Name: Faroe Islands
  • National Capital: Torshavn
  • Total Area: 1,399 sq km
  • Total Population: 48,668 (July 2008 est.)
  • Ethnic races: Scandinavian
  • Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 83.8%, other and unspecified 16.2% (2006 administrative data)
  • Currency: Faroese krone
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $31,000 (2001 est.)
  • Languages: Faroese, Danish
  • Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 81 years (women)
  • Literacy Rate: N.A

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:

  • Bordoy
  • Eysturoy
  • Mykines
  • Sandoy
  • Tórshavn - Kirkjuböur
  • Tórshavn - Saksun Museum
  • Vágar
  • Vidoy

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May 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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India establishes naval base in Lakshadweep

April 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

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April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

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Indian Navy gets new base in Lakshadweep to beef up coastal security

April 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

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Iran seeks regional cooperation for Persian Gulf's security

April 30, 2012 at 6:26 AM

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April 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

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April 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

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April 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

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Moderate quake jolts Nicobar Islands

April 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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ONGC-Videsh going ahead with South China Sea exploration

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

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UAE to adopt new strategy for island issues

April 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Dubai, April 21 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has plans to adopt a new political strategy to handle issue of its islands, occupied by Iran.

Britain slams Ahmedinejad's visit to Abu Musa

April 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

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April 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

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April 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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Ex-Faroe Islands' goalkeeper swapped shirts with Muamba and Morosini

April 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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April 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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April 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

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April 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

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April 15, 2012 at 4:51 PM

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April 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands Chief Secretary plays down tsunami fears

April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

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April 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

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NDMA rules out tsunami threat to India

April 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

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April 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

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April 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

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April 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

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April 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

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April 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

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March 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

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March 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

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March 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

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March 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

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March 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

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March 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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March 14, 2012 at 9:35 PM

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March 14, 2012 at 9:32 PM

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March 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

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March 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM

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March 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

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March 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

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March 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

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DNA sequencing sheds light on Otzi's past

March 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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March 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

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March 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

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March 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

London, March 1 (ANI): Neanderthals may have used the seas as a highway centuries before modern humans managed the same trick, researchers in Greece say.

Antony calls for global efforts to uproot piracy threat

February 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Stating that India has always been at the forefront of cooperative and collective endeavours in addressing regional and global challenges, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday called for global efforts to uproot the threat of piracy.

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February 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

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Nitish Kumar claims Bihar is being marginalized

February 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Patna, Feb 20 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that his state has suffered from a history of neglect both before and after independence.

Milky Way humming in 'mysterious haze of microwave emissions'

February 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Washington, Feb 14 (ANI): A European space observatory has discovered previously unknown islands of star formation and a haze of microwave radiations in our galaxy, the source of which is a complete mystery.

Maldives suffering after effects of brutal police repression

February 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Male, Feb 13(ANI): The Maldives are suffering from the effects of the brutal police repression.

U.S. official calls for end of violence in Maldives

February 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Male, Feb 12(ANI): A senior U.S. official has said that both Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan and his predecessor Mohamed Nasheed should avoid violence in the stand- off for control of the Maldives' government.

U.S. official calls for end of violence in Maldives

February 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Male, Feb 12(ANI): A senior U.S. official has said that both Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan and his predecessor Mohamed Nasheed should avoid violence in the stand- off for control of the Maldives' government.

Atlantis 'found' in Google Oceans in 2009 lost again

February 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Melbourne, Feb 7 (ANI): Back in 2009, scientists thought they had found the lost city of Atlantis when they spotted a grid-like pattern on Google Ocean - an extension of Google Earth.

Atlantis 'found' in Google Oceans in 2009 lost again

February 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Melbourne, Feb 7 (ANI): Back in 2009, scientists thought they had found the lost city of Atlantis when they spotted a grid-like pattern on Google Ocean - an extension of Google Earth.

The 'wisdom' of protecting the 'Jarawas'

February 4, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Port Blair (Andaman), Feb 4 (ANI): The recent controversy over the Jarawas started with a video uploaded by a UK-based daily showing semi clad Jarawa tribal women allegedly being forced to entertain tourists. Accusations were made, government and police officials and activists visited the island, probe was ordered and finally two got arrested by Superintendent of Police. And we came safe out of it!

The 'wisdom' of protecting the 'Jarawas'

February 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Port Blair (Andaman), Feb 4 (ANI): The recent controversy over the Jarawas started with a video uploaded by a UK-based daily showing semi clad Jarawa tribal women allegedly being forced to entertain tourists. Accusations were made, government and police officials and activists visited the island, probe was ordered and finally two got arrested by Superintendent of Police. And we came safe out of it!

Super volcanoes could be predicted even 100 yrs before the event

February 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

London, Feb 2 (ANI): We could now predict the eruption of some of the largest volcanoes on the planet several decades before the event, researchers say.

Super volcanoes could be predicted even 100 yrs before the event

February 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

London, Feb 2 (ANI): We could now predict the eruption of some of the largest volcanoes on the planet several decades before the event, researchers say.

Senior UK military official says Britain faces 'impossible' battle if Argentina invades Falklands

January 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Britain will find it 'impossible' to win back the Falkland Islands if Argentina invades them again, one of the country's senior military figures has warned.

Senior UK military official says Britain faces 'impossible' battle if Argentina invades Falklands

January 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Britain will find it 'impossible' to win back the Falkland Islands if Argentina invades them again, one of the country's senior military figures has warned.

Costa Concordia captain says owners 'asked to sail close to shore for publicity stunts'

January 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM

London, Jan 23 (ANI): Francesco Schettino, the captain of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the Italian coast has said that he was asked to sail close to shore for publicity stunts.

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