Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62°00’N, the Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2. There are 1100 km of coastline and at no time is one more than 5 km away from the ocean. The highest mountain is 882 m above sea level and the average height above sea level for the country is 300 m.
The population is 48.520 (1st April 2008). About 19,400 people live in the metropolitan area around Tórshavn.
Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties.
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