Fuglafjørður

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Fuglafjørður
Fuglefjord
Municipality and village
Fuglafjørður
Fuglafjørður
Location of Fuglafjarðar kommuna in the Faroe Islands
Location of Fuglafjarðar kommuna in the Faroe Islands
Fuglafjørður is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Fuglafjørður
Fuglafjørður
Location of Fuglafjørður in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°14′40″N 6°48′52″W / 62.24444°N 6.81444°W / 62.24444; -6.81444Coordinates: 62°14′40″N 6°48′52″W / 62.24444°N 6.81444°W / 62.24444; -6.81444
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Eysturoy
Municipality Fuglafjarðar kommuna
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,562
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 530
The ultra-modern church of 1984

Fuglafjørður (Danish: Fuglefjord) is a village on Eysturoy's east coast in the Faroe Islands. Its name means "fjord of birds".[1]

The village is at the edge of a bay and expands into the surrounding steep hills. The town centre is located close to the harbour and contains most of the shops and services. The harbour in Fuglafjørður is busy, as the town's economy is based on the processing of fish and fish meal. There is fishing-industry, a slip, production of trawl and also oil-depots. In the 1970s there was a terrible stink from the fishing-industry but that has since been solved.

In the past years Fuglafjørður has also become famous for its newly established cultural centre in the town centre that has become one of the main cultural attractions in Eysturoy.

History and development[edit]

Where the Gjógvará stream meets the sea in the village, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Viking longhouse, seventeen metres 56 feet in length, with walls 1.5 metres (4 feet 11.1 inches) thick. It was found by removing four or five more recent layers of ruins, showing a continuity of habitation for many centuries.[1]

In the 1840s the small village Hellur in north of Fuglafjørður was established. However this village never grew large and now only approximately 30 of the municipality's inhabitants live there.

In the 1980s the suburb of Kambsdalur was established, and now about 180 of the population in the municipality live here. In Kambsdalur there is also a large industrial cluster, the educational centre of the northeastern Faroes and the regional sportscentre used mainly for handball, volleyball and indoor football.

Faroese stamp FO 550: Fuglafjørður
Date of issue: 13 February 2006

Sports[edit]

The local football team is ÍF Fuglafjørður.

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Fuglafjørður is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brandt, Don (2006). More Stamps and Story of the Faroe Islands (pdf) 1. Tórshavn: Postverk Føroya. p. 45. ISBN 99918-3-191-6. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Aalborg Twin Towns". Europeprize.net. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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