|Municipality and village|
Location of Skopunar kommuna in the Faroe Islands
|State||Kingdom of Denmark|
|Constituent country||Faroe Islands|
|Population (1 January 2006)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC+1)|
|Postal code||FO 240|
Skopun (pronounced [skopn]) is a town in the Faroe Islands situated on the northern coast of Sandoy (Sand Island).
Skopun is the second largest town on the island. Skopunar kommuna, the Municipality of Skopun, consists only of the town of Skopun.
Although the area has been inhabited since the Middle Ages, Skopun was not founded until 1833. The people of Skopun did not possess any land. They subsisted on fishing so the houses are close to the water.
In 1897, Skopun's church was constructed out of timber taken from the old church of Vestmanna. The Faroe Islands' first road was built on Sandoy in 1917, as part of a government-financed plan to improve the island's non-existent harbour facilities. It connects Skopun with Sandur, the island's main town. Skopun's harbor was built in 1926 and later extended. In 1982, the harbor was furnished with a gate which protects the dock from the sea. A 1988 hurricane destroyed the town's small forest.
View from Skopun northwards over the Skopunarfjørður to Hestur
The ferry Teistin, connecting Sandoy with Streymoy calls at Skopun.
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