Things You Didn’t Know About The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands is one of the world’s leading nations in producing sustainable electricity

With over 50% of the nation’s electricity deriving from renewable energy sources, the aim is that the nation’s electricity will be sourced solely from renewable energy by 2030.

No point in the Faroe Islands is further than 5km (3 miles) from the sea

Meaning that you can fill your lungs with that fresh sea air everywhere in the Faroes.

Many houses in the Faroe Islands have grass roofs

Sheep – not lawnmowers – are used for mowing the grass!

The Prime Minister’s phone number is in the phone book

Also, as a small nation, when anyone dies in the Faroe Islands, it is mentioned in the news as many people will know them.

The average temperature during winter is 3°

The Faroe Islands are located mid way between Scotland and Iceland but they are also located in the middle of the Gulf Stream which gives them one of the more mild climates among all the Nordic countries.

People population: 50,000. Sheep population: 70,000

The population is made up of 80 different nationalities (that’s the people…not the sheep)

There are a total of three traffic lights in the Faroe Islands – all located in Tórshavn, the Capital.

Also, in the capital, transport with city buses is free of charge.

Ronald McDonald was not here!

There are only two international fast-food outlets in the Faroe Islands: Burger King and Sunset Boulevard

There are approximately 110 different species of birds in the Faroe Islands

Many think the national bird is the puffin. It’s in fact the Oystercatcher.

Faroese people have an average lifespan of 80.24 years old

This ranks them 37 out of 224 countries worldwide in terms of longevity.  It must be down to all that wind dried fish…

So what did you think?  Which of these facts did you find the most surprising?  Check out our special Earth Day podcast on The Faroe Islands below as we caught up with local, Johan Helgusun, as he told us all about the history and culture of the Faroe Islands and why they closed in April for a weekend!

Please let us know in the comments if you’ve travelled to The Faroes in the low season – what did you think?  Would you recommend it?