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Well, it isnt an independent country, but I think it deserves a thread. It would just be strange to post pics in the danish thread.

The Faroe Islands or Faeroe Islands or simply Faroe(s) or Faeroes (Faroese: Føroyar, meaning "Sheep Islands", Danish: Færøerne, Old Norse: Færeyjar) are a group of islands in Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, roughly equidistant between Iceland, Scotland, and Norway. They have been an autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948, making it a member of the Rigsfællesskab. The Faroese have, over the years, taken control of most matters except defence (though they have a native coast guard), foreign affairs and the legal system. These three areas are the responsibility of Denmark.

The Faroes have close traditional ties to Iceland, Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland. The archipelago was politically detached from Norway in 1814. The Faroes are represented in the Nordic Council as a part of the Danish delegation.
ROADMAP: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...firths,_ferry_harbours_and_major_moutains.png

























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PICS: Wikipedia and www.faroeislands.dk

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Tunnels and bridges are an important part of the Faroese transportation net. This list shows the Faroese tunnels, listed by age:

* Hvalbiartunnilin 1963 1450 m - connects Hvalba and Trongisvágur.
* Borðoyartunlarnir 1965-67 3800 m - connects Klaksvík, Árnafjørður and Hvannasund/Norðdepil.
* Sandvíkartunnilin 1969 1500 m - connects Sandvík and Hvalba
* Norðskálatunnilin 1976 2520 m - connects Norðskáli and the valley Millum Fjarða.
* Leynartunnilin 1977 760 m - connects Leynar and the valley Kollfjarðardalur.
* Kalsoyartunlarnir 1979-85 5426 m - system of five tunnels, connecting the villages Trøllanes, Mikladalur, Húsar and the uninhabited valley Djúpidalur.
* Leirvíkartunnilin 1985 2238 m - connects Leirvík and Gøta.
* Kunoyartunnilin 1988 3031 m - connects Kunoy and Haraldssund.
* Kollfjarðartunnilin 1992 2816 m - connects Kollafjørður and Kaldbaksbotnur.
* Sumbiartunnilin 1997 3240 m - connects Sumba and Lopra.
* Vágatunnilin 2002 4900 m - connects Leynar and Fútaklett.
* Gásadalstunnilin 2005 1410 m - connects Gásadalur and Bøur.
* Norðoyatunnilin 2006 6300 m - connects Klaksvík and Leirvík.
* Hovstunnilin 2007 2437 m - connects Øravík and Hov, Faroe Islands.

And this list shows the Faroese inter-insular bridges, also listed by age:

* Brúgvin um Streymin 1973 220 m - connects Oyrabakki/Norðskáli and Nesvík.
* Byrging um Hvannasund 1975 220 m - connects Hvannasund and Norðdepil
* Byrging um Haraldssund 1986 350 m - connects Haraldssund and Strond.

Proposed tunnels:

* Skálafjarðartunnilin 2013 ~11,000 m - will connect Skálafjørður with Tórshavn
* Sandoyartunnilin approx. 2014 ~12,000m - will connect Streymoy with Sandoy
* Tunnilin norður um Fjall ? ?m - will connect Viðareiði with Hvannasund, thus replacing the road, which is prone to landslides and avalanches
* Suðuroyartunnilin ? >20,000m - will connect Sandoy with Suðuroy
* Gjáartunnilin ? ~2000 m - will connect Gjógv with Funningur
 

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Awesome pics! Now thats my idea of a vacation instead of queing on 4 lane motorways to the adriatic sea. Must be a rough place to live in winter though.
 

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Beautiful....not a place that you see too many pictures of. Reminds me a lot of the Shetland Islands, but the houses are more colorful.
 

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http://avisen.dk/faeroeerne-vil-bygge-verdens-laengste-tunnel-301107.aspx

(Translated with google..)
Faroe Islands will build the world's longest tunnel
30. november 2007 18:34 | It will be 11.9 km long and cost more than a block. Faroe Islands are ready to build the world's longest underwatertunnel to a very small and tyndbefolket island.

Greenland was in 2001 an airport in Qaanaaq, costing 120 million dollars, and today serves 58 passengers a month.

Now, the Faroe Islands also be in the competition to connect the very sparsely populated areas of major cities.

County Council is only one third from adopting a new undervandstunnel at 11.9 kilometers - the world's longest - 200 meters below sea level and be connected Strømø with the little Sandø. It writes fagbladet Ingeniøren.

Tunnelprojektet have been given a budget of 690 million kroner, which is 75 million dollars more than the annual block grants from the Danish government.

On the other hand, there will be a long way between the cars of the two tunnel tubes.

Ingeniørfirmaet Rambøll has calculated that only 400 cars a day will use the new tunnel. Therefore pønser politicians also to spend more on taking a ferry harbour at Sandø, so passengers from the high Sydø obviate the need to go all the way to Thorshavn. This will have a number of road users to increase to 750 a day.

More Faroese media assess, however, that the world's longest tunnel is only a foretaste of a big tunnel throughout the 25 kilometer, to link Sandø with Sydø. And then ferry harbour on Sandø superfluous.

-- So we talk a project of a completely different calibre. This will ensure that 99 percent of all the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands will be linked by tunnels. So it is perhaps finally to call us øboere, said Heine Eysturay, secretary of the Faeroe Landsverk, to Ingeniøren.

Today, 85 percent of the Faroese people bound together by tunnels.
 

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The longest vehicular underwater tunnel i suppose. Both Japan and France/UK have longer underwater tunnels. However, quite impressive. But then again, GDP per capita is like $ 45,000 which is significantly higher than most European countries, even more than Denmark itself.
 

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690 million krones are 90 million euro's. It doesn't seem that bad. Only traffic volumes of 400 - 750 per day and 2 tubes? That seems like a waste of money to me.
 
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