Leirvík

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Not to be confused with Leirvik.
Leirvík
Village
Leirvík, Faroe Islands.JPG
Leirvík is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Leirvík
Leirvík
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°12′40″N 6°42′22″W / 62.21111°N 6.70611°W / 62.21111; -6.70611
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Autonomous country  Faroe Islands
Island Eysturoy
Municipality Eysturkommuna
Population (31 December 2012)
 • Total 867
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 520

Leirvík (Danish: Lervig) is a town on the Faroe Islands and was an important regional ferry harbour at the east coast of the second largest island Eysturoy. Leirvík has 867 inhabitants (December 31, 2002.)

It was the only town in the municipality of Leirvík (Leirvíkar kommuna), however on 1 January 2009, it merged with Gøtu kommuna to make the new municipality called Eysturkommuna.

Archaeological excavations have shown that the town was first settled the 9th century by the Vikings. It is said that all inhabitants died in 1349 because of the Black Death.

Apart from the important ferry connection to Klaksvík, Leirvík is also important for its fishing industry.

The Norðoyatunnilin, a submarine tunnel to Klaksvík was opened in April 2006.

Faroese stamp FO 551 issued 13 February 2006

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Coordinates: 62°12′40″N 6°42′22″W / 62.21111°N 6.70611°W / 62.21111; -6.70611