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    Faroe Islands Geography - 2004

      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:

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

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

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      1,117 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      territorial sea: 3 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM or agreed boundaries or median line
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM or agreed boundaries or median line

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

      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, possible oil and gas

      Land use:
      arable land: 2.14%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 97.86% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land:
      0 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards:

      Environment - current issues:

      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 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Faroe Islands Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Faroe Islands Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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