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The Faroe Islands or just Faroes (also written Faeroes; pronounced /ˈfɛərz/; Faroese: Føroyar, pronounced [ˈfœɹjaɹ]; Danish: Færøerne) are a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometres (200 mi) north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland. Like Greenland, it is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. The islands have a total area of about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 52,703 as of September 2020

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. As a result of the moderation and the northerly latitude, summers normally hover around 12 °C (54 °F). Average temperatures are 5 °C (41 °F) in winter. The northerly latitude location also results in perpetual civil twilight during summer nights and very short winter days.

Between 1035 and 1814, the Faroe Islands were part of the Kingdom of Norway, which was in a personal union with Denmark from 1450. In 1814, the Treaty of Kiel transferred Norway to the King of Sweden, on the winning side of the Napoleonic Wars, whereas Denmark retained the Faroe Islands, along with Greenland and Iceland.

While part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands have been self-governing since 1948, controlling most areas apart from military defence, policing, justice, currency, and foreign affairs. Because the Faroe Islands are not part of the same customs area as Denmark, the country has an independent trade policy, and can establish trade agreements with other states. The Faroes have an extensive bilateral free trade agreement with Iceland, known as the Hoyvík Agreement. In the Nordic Council, they are represented as part of the Danish delegation. In certain sports, the Faroe Islands field their own national teams.

Despite only having one laureate, the Faroe Islands currently have the most Nobel laureates per capita worldwide. (Full article...)

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Torkil Veyhe in 2017
Torkil Eyðfinsson Veyhe (born 9 January 1990) is a Faroese former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2017 and 2020 for Team ColoQuick–Cult, Team Waoo and Riwal Securitas. He also rode for the national cycling team of the Faroe Islands at the Island Games, winning two gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals. In 2016 he rode for the Danish national team at the Danmark Rundt and in 2017 at the European Road Championships in the men's road race. Earlier he rode for the DCU team Team WeBike–CK Aarhus, the Danish club Odder Cykel Klub and the Faroese club Tórshavnar Súkklufelag. In 2016 he won his first A-race in Denmark and his first UCI points. (Full article...)
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Credit: Erik Christensen
Scenery from Hvalba, on the southernmost island of Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands. Shown in the foreground is a flock of Faroes sheep and just visible in the background is the island of Lítla Dímun.

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