Map of Stóra Dímun
Location within the Faroe Islands
|State||Kingdom of Denmark|
|Constituent country||Faroe Islands|
|• Total||2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2006)|
|• Density||2.8/km2 (7.3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC+1)|
|Postal code||FO 286|
The name 'Stóra Dímun' means 'Great Dimun', in contrast to 'Lítla Dímun' or 'Little Dimun'. According to the Faroese placename expert Jakobsen, 'Dimun' may represent a pre-Norse, Celtic placename element, with 'di' representing 'two'.
The island is accessible from sea only during periods of clear and calm weather, but regular helicopter service is available twice a week through the whole year.
Before 1920 the ruins of an old church were present, but these are no longer existent. There are two peaks on Stóra Dímun: Høgoyggj (396 m) and Klettarnir (308 m).
The island was once home to many families from the 13th century onwards, but now only two families of seven people make their home on the island.
Important Bird Area
The island has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because of its significance as a breeding site for seabirds, especially European Storm Petrels (15,000 pairs), Atlantic Puffins (40,000 pairs) and Black Guillemots (50 pairs).
Coast of Stóra Dímun
Stamp FO 490 of Postverk Føroya
- BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stóra Dímun. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2012-02-24.
- Personal website with aerial photos
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