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Harbor at Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.
Small harbor in the Faroe Islands.
Early timber buildings have survived in the Tinganes area of Torshavn, which contains government offices and shops. Tinganes is the historic site of the Faroese landsstyri (government); the name means "parliament jetty" or "parliament point" in Faroese.
The Faroe Islands are a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 km (200 mi) north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland; they are an autonomous territory of Denmark. The Islands have a total area of about 1,400 sq km (540 sq mi), and one of the Island’s most iconic sites is the Mulafossur waterfall, situated on Vagar Island, which is over 30 m (100 ft) in height.
The Faroese sheep is a breed native to the Faroe Islands that has long played an integral part in island traditions. The Faeroes name may derive from the old Norse word “faer” meaning sheep, and a silver ram is on the Faroe Islands' coat of arms. Faroese sheep tend to have very little flocking instinct due to no natural predators, and will range freely year round in small groups in pastureland that ranges from meadows to rugged rocky mountaintops. The Faroe Islands are an autonomous territory of Denmark.