Portal:Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands (/ˈfɛər/; Faroese: Føroyar, pronounced [ˈfœɹjaɹ]; Danish: Færøerne, pronounced [ˈfæɐ̯øːˀɐnə]), or the Faeroe Islands—a North Atlantic archipelago located 200 miles (320 km) north-northwest of the United Kingdom and about halfway between Norway and Iceland—are an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark. Total area is about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 50,322 in October 2017.

The terrain is rugged; the climate is subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc)—windy, wet, cloudy, and cool. Temperatures average above freezing throughout the year because of the Gulf Stream.

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Tinganes, Tórshavn old town
Tórshavn (Danish: Thorshavn) is the capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands. It is located in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy. To the north west of the town lies the 347-metre (1,138 ft)* high mountain Húsareyn, and to the southwest, the 350-metre (1,150 ft)* high Kirkjubøreyn. The city proper has a population of 13,000 (2008), and the greater urban area a population of 19,000.

The Vikings established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in 850 CE, thus Tórshavn was made capital of Faroe Islands and has remained so ever since. All through the Middle Ages the narrow peninsula jutting out into the sea made up the main part of Tórshavn. Sources do not mention a built-up area in Tórshavn until after the Protestant Reformation in 1539. Early on, Tórshavn became the center of the monopoly trade, thereby being the only legal place for the islanders to sell and buy goods. In 1856, the trade monopoly was abolished and the islands were left open to free trade. The town has grown rapidly ever since the turn of the 20th century into the undisputed administrative, economic and cultural center of the Faroes.

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Kaj Leo Johannesen
Kaj Leo Johannesen (born 28 August 1964 in Streymoy, Faroes) was the Faroese prime minister from 2008 to 2015, representing the Faroese Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin). He took office, succeeding Jóannes Eidesgaard on 26 September 2008. Before becoming Prime Minister, Johannesen was a member of the City Council of Tórshavn 1997-2000, representing the Faroese Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin).

Johannesen is also a former international football player; he got 4 full international caps for the Faroe Islands national football team in 1991-1992, including one in Euro-92 and two in World Cup-94 qualifiers. He was reserve goalkeeper in more than 20 international matches in the period between 1989 and 1995 and holds the record for playing most matches for the football club HB Tórshavn.

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