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The harbor in Runavik
The harbor in Runavik
Location of Runavíkar kommuna in the Faroe Islands
Location of Runavíkar kommuna in the Faroe Islands
Runavík is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Location of Runavík village in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°06′34″N 6°43′9″W / 62.10944°N 6.71917°W / 62.10944; -6.71917
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Eysturoy
Founded 1916
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,794[1]
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 620

Runavík is a comparatively urbanised village in Runavík Municipality, Faroe Islands. It lies on the south half of the isle of Eysturoy.


Founded in 1916, Runavík has an important port, originally used predominantly by fishing boats but now also a key supply base for the North Sea oil industry as well as a trans-shipment port for freight to and from Europe.[2] The harbour underwent development in the late 1990s [3] and can now accommodate cruise ships.


A massive infrastructure project has been mooted to build an 11 km-long sub-sea tunnel between Runavík and Tórshavn by 2018 thereby significantly reducing travel times to the capital.[4][5] Construction costs are estimated to be around 1 billion Faroese Krone.[6] In 2014 all political parties of the Faroese parliament agreed on how and when to build Eysuroyartunnilin and Sandoyartunnilin. They expect that the drillings will start in 2016 regarding Eysturoyartunnilin and two years later regarding Sandoyartunnilin.[7][8]


The local football team is NSÍ Runavík who play their home games at the Runavík Stadium. They were Faroe Islands Premier League winners once, in 2007.

Sister Cities[edit]

Runavík is twinned with

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Runavíkar kommuna website". Runavíkar Kommuna. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Atlantic Supply Base". Runavíkar Kommuna. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Hart's E&P. Hart Publications. 1999. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Maritime & Related Optimism at Port of Runavík". Faroes Business Report 2010. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tunnel development group". Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Tunlarnir verða lidnir í 2021
  7. ^ Tunlarnir verða lidnir í 2021
  8. ^, Tunnilin skal upp bæði á Strondum og í Runavík

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