Largest Cities in Faroe Islands

by | January 20, 2021

Facts about Faroe Islands

Official languages: Faroe Islands, Danish
Capital: Tórshavn
Area: 1,399 km²
Population: 48,228 residents
Population density: 34.47 residents per km²
Currency: DKK
Internet TLD: .fo
ISO codes: FO, FRO, 234
The Faroe Islands telephone code is +298

The Faroe Islands (often incorrectly called “Faroe Islands”) are a group of islands in the North Atlantic between the British Isles, Norway and Iceland that were discovered and populated in the Middle Ages. With the exception of Klein-Dimun, all of the 18 islands are permanently inhabited. Like Greenland, the Faroe Islands have been an equal nation within the Kingdom of Denmark, have been largely autonomous since 1948 and have one of the oldest parliaments in the world, the Løgting. The most important branch of business since the end of the 19th century has been fishing and the related economy.


Total population 51,628
Population growth rate 0.60%
Birth rate 14.30 births per 1,000 residents
Life expectancy
Overall 79.98 years
Men 77.49 years
Women 82.64 years
Age structure
0-14 years 19.79%
15-64 years 63.23%
65 years and above 16.98%
Median age 37.70 years
Gender ratio 1.09 M / F
Population density 37.06 residents per km²
Urbanization 38.80%
Tórshavn [capital] (F 2000) 16673
89.2% Faroe Islands, 7.1% Danes, 3.7% others (including Icelanders, Norwegians, Greenlanders, Thai, British)
Lutherans 83.8%
Human Development Index (HDI)
HDI ranking


Biggest Cities of Faroe Islands by Population

Tórshavn is the largest city in the Faroe Islands, located on the islands’ largest island of Streymoy. With a population of about 20,000 people, it is by far the most populous urban area in the archipelago. Tórshavn is known for its colorful houses, vibrant culture and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and sea. The city has a variety of shops and services that cater to both local residents and visitors from abroad. There are also several lodging options for visitors to the city including hotels, guesthouses and camping sites. Additionally, Tórshavn is home to several museums such as The National Museum of Faroe Islands which showcases artifacts from across the archipelago’s history as well as art galleries showcasing works from Faroese artists. The city also has two historic churches – Tinganes Church and Skansin Church – which date back to medieval times. Finally, Tórshavn boasts a bustling harbor with regular ferry service to nearby islands such as Mykines Island and Kalsoy Island.

# City Population Latitude Longitude
1 Torshavn, Faroe Islands 13,311 62.0097 -6.77164
2 Klaksvik, Faroe Islands 4,775 62.2266 -6.58901
3 Fuglafjordur, Faroe Islands 1,653 62.244 -6.81395
4 Tvoroyri, Faroe Islands 1,341 61.5556 -6.81109
5 Midvagur, Faroe Islands 1,151 62.0511 -7.19389
6 Sandur, Faroe Islands 719 61.8425 -6.80778