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Faeroe Islands

The population of the Fahroe Islands is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrivedin the 9th century. The islands have been conneceted politically to DenMArk since the 14th century. a high degree of self government was attained in1948.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Faero Islands
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Torshavn
Boundary Countries: No Land Boundaries
Recommended Hospitals in Capital: The Faroese Hospital (Torshavn),Svduroy Hospital (Tveroyrl)
Main Cities: Torshvan, Klaksvik, Vestmanna, Fuglafjorohur
Country Size: 1,399 sq km
Population: 47,511

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Faroese (derived from old Norse), Danish

Currency: Danish krone(DDK)
Predominant Religions:

Evangelitical Lutheran

National Holidays: Olaifest (OLavasoka), 29 July
Economic Status:

The Faroese economy is dependent on fishing, which makes the economy vulnerable to price swings. Aided by a substantial annual subsidy (about 15% of GDP) from Denmark, the Faroese have a standard of living not far below the Danes and other Scandinavians

Security:

Defence is the responsibility of Denmark.

US Presence:

None (self- governing overseas administrative division of Denmark.

Document Requirements:

Denmark is a party to the Schengen agreement.  As such, U.S. citizens may enter Denmark for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.  For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.  Passport and visa regulations are similar for Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroes.  Contact the Royal Danish Embassy at 3200 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008 or by telephone at (202) 234-4300 for the most current visa information.  Another source of useful information, available in both English and Danish, is the Danish Immigration Service website.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  1, Airports w/paved runways:  1

Vagar Airport (FAE/EKVG)
Vagar Airport, Faroe Islands, FO-380 Sorvágur, FAROE ISLANDS
Tel: +298 354400
Fax: +298 354401
E-mail:
webmaster@gloghavn.fo
Website: www.floghavn.fo
Customs, hours: 09:00-18:00
Tel: +298 311908
Fax: +298 357711

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Denmark remains largely free of terrorist incidents, however the country shares, with the rest of Western Europe, an increased threat of Islamic terrorism. Americans are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas where public demonstrations are taking place.

Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroes all have very low violent crime rates, however, non-violent crimes of opportunity have slightly increased over the last few years.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  6.01 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 79.49 years

               (male 76.06/female 82.93)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None

Recommended: Hep A & B, Boosters: DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Tickborne encephalitis, a viral infection of the central nervous system, occurs in Denmark (only on the island of Bornholm). Travelers are at risk who visit or work in forested areas during the summer months and who consume unpasteurized dairy products. The vaccine for this disease is not available in the United States at this time. To prevent tickborne encephalitis, as well as Lyme disease, travelers should take precautions to prevent tick bites (see below).

Legionnaries disease, caused by the Legionella bacterium, is sporadic; some outbreaks have involved tourists at resort hotels.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

In the Faroe Islands, medical facilities are limited and evacuation is required for serious illness or injury.  Although emergency medical treatment is free of charge, the patient is charged for follow-up care.

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Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 3
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Communications Info:

Country calling Code: +298 
Internet Code:  .fo

 



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