As of January 2010, the population of the Faroe Islands stands at 48,574. Population density is 34.5 people per square kilometre – that’s the second highest in the Nordic countries, after Denmark.
The Faroese people are descendants of Norwegian Vikings who sailed here around 1100 years ago. There are around 100 towns and villages in the Faroes, of varying sizes. The capital, Tórshavn, has a population of 19, 919 inhabitants, wheras the second town, Klaksvík, is considerably smaller at 4,817, just ahead of Runavík, third largest, at 3,832. 

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