Municipalities of the Faroe Islands
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The Faroe Islands are administratively divided in 30 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).
List of municipalities
- 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.
- List of towns in the Faroe Islands
- Regions of the Faroe Islands
- List of islands of the Faroe Islands
- Subdivisions of Norden
- Politics of the Faroe Islands
^ Hagstova Føroya - informations 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.
- Hagstova Føroya - Municipalities by size and width, population growth and density, age and sex - December 31, 2002 (in PDF)
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