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    Faroe Islands Geography 1998

      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

      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

      NOTE: The information regarding Faroe Islands on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Faroe Islands Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Faroe Islands Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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