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Faroe Islands (part of the Kingdom of Denmark) Geography

    Location: Northern Europe, island group between the Norwegian Sea and the north Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Iceland to Norway

    Geographic coordinates: 62 00 N, 7 00 W

    Map references: Europe

    Area:
    total: 1,399 sq km
    land: 1,399 sq km
    water: 0 sq km (some lakes and streams)

    Area—comparative: eight times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 1,117 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 3 nm

    Climate: mild winters, cool summers; usually overcast; foggy, windy

    Terrain: rugged, rocky, some low peaks; cliffs along most of coast

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Slaettaratindur 882 m

    Natural resources: fish, whales

    Land use:
    arable land: 6%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 94% (1996)

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km

    Natural hazards: NA

    Environment—current issues: NA

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: NA
    signed, but not ratified: NA

    Geography—note: archipelago of 17 inhabited islands and one uninhabited island, and a few uninhabited islets; strategically located along important sea lanes in northeastern Atlantic; precipitous terrain limits habitation to small coastal lowlands

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