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10 Things You Don't Know About The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands make for some of the more picturesque scenes that one will find anywhere in the world. Odds are that you are likely aware of the climate around the Faroe Islands. You may not need to

The Faroe Islands make for some of the more picturesque scenes that one will find anywhere in the world. Odds are that you are likely aware of the climate around the Faroe Islands. You may not need to bundle up as you would during the northeast portion of the United States during the cold and brutal winter months, but you should also not plan on rocking shorts unless you are in the right place at the right time during your trip. It would not be all that surprising to learn that you have seen pictures of fog hovering over sections of the Faroe Islands if you have looked up the region via your favorite Internet search engine.

With that said, there are, without a doubt, things that those of you who have never been to the area do not know about the Faroe Islands. You probably, as an example, could not guess the amount of people who call the Faroe Islands home. Could you accurately guess the amount of traffic lights that are currently located on the Faroe Islands? Do you know how many prisons the Faroe Islands has as of the posting of this piece? These facts, along with other pieces of information, make for some interesting tidbits about a beautiful part of the world that could be an ideal vacation spot for you and your loved ones.

10 Not A Member of the European Union 

9 Population Under 50,000

8 Three Traffic Lights 

7 No Prisons 

6 No Big Mac 

Via thedailybeast.com

5 Whale Jail 

Whaling is a part of life for some who live in the Faroe Islands. The practice is regulated by authorities. You may, during your research of the Faroe Islands, have seen a report that tourists who do not report that they have seen what are known as “pilot whales” could be fined or even imprisoned. The government of the Faroe Islands released a statement on the matter, one that was updated in July 2015:

The important issue is the ancient Faroese concept at finna eina grind (to find pilot whales) and its definition. To find pilot whales, i.e. to locate them, is the first step of a drive. The obligation to report a sighting is therefore a necessary and crucial part of the activity. The intent of the provision is to prevent people taking the law into their own hands or to interfere illegally in a whale drive, for example by driving whales either towards land or to sea without permission from the local authorities.

It is therefore highly unlikely that an ordinary tourist, who has sighted pilot whales will be punished for not reporting this. It is also worth noting, that the whales are typically not located by people on shore, but at sea. In relation to custodial sentences it should be clarified that while the maximum penalty for breaching the Grindalógin is 2 years, the typical penalty will be a fine. The penalty of 2 years in prison may apply where the breach is intentional or due to gross negligence and has led to injury to people or whales, or damage to the environment or material property – or where there was immediate danger of such injury or damage. The penalty of 2 years in prison may also apply where the person in question has previously been convicted of breaching the Grindalógin.

4 Football 

Via en.wikipedia.org

3 Sheep 

2 Free Transportation 

1 Ocean Views 

Are you worried that your travels to the Faroe Islands will sometimes keep you from enjoying awesome ocean views? The Belfast Telegraph story offers the following piece of information: “On the islands you are never more than three miles from the ocean.” That is, for those of you who don't mind getting from place to place on your feet, a walk-able distance or, at worst, a short drive. Just remember to bring your camera or put your phone's camera in its “HD” mode if it has one, because you are going to want to snap some memories of the views that the Faroe Islands provide on a daily basis.

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