Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Where in the World is the Faroe Islands
I have a few ask the question "Where is the Faroe Islands" so I thought I would provide some basic information.
When I was young I remember how difficult it was to explain the Faroe Islands or being Faroese that I quite often would take the easy way out and just say I was Danish and that my family was from Denmark. For those of you who do not know the Faroe Islands is an autonomous region of Denmark. But for quite awhile I have been promoting that I am Faroese and that my family is from the Faroe Islands. Partially in support of the Faroe Islands seeking total independence from Denmark and partially to let everyone know what a great and beautiful place the Faroe Islands are.
Anyway one to the games my brother, sister and I would play with maps or globes is to see if they would have the Faroe Islands on it. You wouldn't believe that 40+ years ago how many had nothing on the map about the Faroe Islands.
So lets get to it. The Faroe Islands are 18 islands in the North Atlantic. One of the best ways to describe where they are on a map is to find the Shetland Islands on a map. (The Shetland Islands are a part of Scotland and are located just north of Scotland.) Then find Iceland on the map. Draw a line between the two locations, and split it in half and you will find the Faroe Islands.
Of the 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands, 17 of them are inhabited. Only Litla Dimun has no one living on it.
So hopefully this gives some of you an idea of where the Faroe Islands are. It also wouldn't be right if I didn't give you the location of the island that my family comes from which is Nolsoy. It is an island with only one village on with the same name. It is located directly east of the capital Torshavn.