Leirvík

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Leirvík
Village
Leirvík in March 2002
Leirvík in March 2002
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
IslandEysturoy
MunicipalityEysturkommuna
Population
(January 1, 2017)
 • Total925[1]
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (EST)
Postal code
FO 520
ClimateCfc

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 925 inhabitants (January 1, 2017).

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.

Leirvík is important for its fishing industry.

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

History[edit]

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.

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