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Faroe Islands Geography

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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: continental shelf:  200 NM or agreed boundaries or median line

exclusive fishing zone:  200 NM or agreed boundaries or median line

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, hydropower
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
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


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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