Municipalities of the Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands are administratively divided in 29 municipalities (kommunur), with about 120 cities and villages. Until December 31, 2008, there were 34 municipalities, and until December 31, 2004, there were 48 municipalities. In the coming years the number of Faroese municipalities is expected to drop to somewhere between 7 and 15, as there is currently a rationale towards municipal amalgamation and a decentralization of public services. In 1998 it was suggested that no municipality should have fewer than 2,000 inhabitants, but whether this will be true is a political question. The Faroese government has furthermore decided not to conduct forced, top-down amalgamation, but to leave the process to the free will of the municipalities. In many small municipalities there is some resistance to the amalgamation process, and as a result two kinds of municipalities are being created: large municipalities (town-municipalities) that are eager to attract smaller municipalities into amalgamation, and small municipalities which are either trying to avoid amalgamation or seek to amalgamate with other small municipalities. The geographically large Sunda municipality is an example of this. The larger municipalities are organized in Kommunusamskipan Føroya (KFS) and the smaller are organized in Føroya Kommunufelag (FKF).

Municipalities of the Faroe Islands since 2017

List of municipalities[edit]

As of June 1, 2019, there were 29 municipalities in the Faroe Islands.

Municipality Population[1] Inhabitants per km² Area (in km²) Markatal Island(s) Region
Tórshavn 19,339 112 173 327 Streymoy, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur Tórshavn[2]
Klaksvík 5,051 44 116,4 Borðoy, Svínoy, Kalsoy Klaksvík[3]
Runavík 3,753 39 99,9 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Eystur 1,939 46 42 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Vágar 1,897 18 102,8 Vágar Vágar
Tvøroyri 1,819 42 43 60 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Fuglafjørður 1,584 70 23 32 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Sunda 1,564 10 158 152 Eysturoy, Streymoy Northern Eysturoy and Northern Streymoy
Vágur 1,402 67 21 61 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Nes 1,238 88 14 40 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Vestmanna 1,234 24 52 56 Streymoy Streymoy
Sørvágur 1,071 13 84 124 Vágar, Mykines Vágar
Sjóvar 1,027 31 33 70 Eysturoy Southern Eysturoy
Hvalba 765 19 40 99 Suðuroy, Lítla Dímun Suðuroy
Eiði 705 19 37 49 Eysturoy Northern Eysturoy
Kvívík 615 13 49 75 Streymoy Streymoy
Sandur 586 12 48 97 Sandoy Sandoy
Skopun 507 56 9 0 Sandoy Sandoy
Hvannasund 441 13 33 38 Viðoy and Borðoy Klaksvík
Sumba 383 15 25 64 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Viðareiði 339 11 30 48 Viðoy Norðoyggjar
Porkeri 333 24 14 37 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Skálavík 183 6 29 24 Sandoy Sandoy
Kunoy 157 4 35,5 65 Kunoy Norðoyggjar
Húsavík 131 5 26 66 Sandoy Sandoy
Hov 125 12 10 24 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Fámjin 113 9 13 24 Suðuroy Suðuroy
Skúvoy 57 4 10 73 Skúvoy, Stóra Dímun Sandoy
Fugloy 44 4 11,2 14 Fugloy Norðoyggjar

History[edit]

Municipalities from 1 January 2005 until 31 December 2008
  • On 1 January 2017 (30 municipalities reduced to 29):
  • On 1 January 2009 (34 municipalities reduced to 30):
  • On 1 January 2005 (38 municipalities reduced to 34):
    • Elduvík, Oyndarfjørður and Skála fused with Runavík.
    • Gjógv, Haldarsvík, Hósvík, Hvalvík and Saksun fused with Sunda municipality.
    • Hestur, Kirkjubøur and Nólsoy fused with Tórshavn.
    • Mikladalur fused with Klaksvík.
    • Mykines fused with Sørvágur.
  • On 1 January 1997
    • Argir and Kaldbak fused with Tórshavn.
  • On 1 August 1948
    • Funningur split into Funningur and Gjógv.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^ Hagstova Føroya - information from 2007.
^ Tórshavn is both the capital of the Streymoy region and its own region, the latter being identical with Tórshavn municipality, but not including the area of the former Kollafjarðar kommuna.
^ Klaksvík both capital of the Norðoyggjar region as well of its own region, which constitute of the two municipalities Klaksvík and Hvannasund.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

^ Tórshavn is both the capital of the Streymoy region and its own region, the latter being identical with Tórshavn municipality, but not including the area of the former Kollafjarðar kommuna.
^ Klaksvík both capital of the Norðoyggjar region as well as of its own region, which consists of the two municipalities Klaksvík and Hvannasund

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