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Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62.00 degrees N, the Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago is composed of 18 islands.
The Faroes are peppered with fishing villages and have a rich Norse Heritage.
The weather is maritime and quite changeable, varying from brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog to showers. The Gulf Stream encircling the islands tempers the climate.
Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark, with its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties.
Today the Faroes are vigorously engaged in exploring the potential for oil production in the seas around the islands.
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