Tórshavn

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Tórshavn
Thorshavn
Tinganes, Tórshavn auld toun

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Havn
Tórshavn is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Tórshavn
Tórshavn
Location in Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°0′42″N 6°46′3″W / 62.01167°N 6.76750°W / 62.01167; -6.76750
State Banner o Denmark Denmark
Constituent KIntra Banner o Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Municipality Tórshavn municipality
Foondit 10t century
Government
 • Mayor Heðin Mortensen (Javnaðarflokkurin)
Area
 • Land 158 km2 (61 sq mi)
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Population (2007)
 • City 13,000
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Metro 20,000 (2,011)
 • Metro density 125/km2 (320/sq mi)
  population-ranking: 1st
Postal code 100
Website http://www.torshavn.fo/

Tórshavn (IPA: [ˈtʰɔuʂhaun]; Dens: Thorshavn) is the caipital an lairgest toun o the Faroe Islands. It is locatit in the soothren pairt on the east coast o Streymoy. Tae the north wast o the toun lies the 347-metre (1,138 ft) heich muntain Húsareyn, an tae the soothwast, the 350-metre (1,150 ft) heich Kirkjubøreyn. The ceety itsel haes a population o 19,000 (2008). The ceety wis foondit in the 10t century.

A panoramic picture o Tórshavn.

The Vikings established their parliament on the Tingenes peninsula in Tórshavn 825, thus Tórshavn wis made caipital o Faroe Islands an haes remained so iver syne. Aw through the Middle Ages the narrae peninsula juttin oot intae the sea made up the main part o Tórshavn. Sources dae no mention a built-up aurie in Tórshavn till efter the Protestant Reformation in 1539. Early on, Tórshavn became the center o the monopoly trade, therebi being the anerlie legal place for the islanders tae sell an buy guids. In 1856, the trade monopoly wis abolished an the islands wur left open tae free trade. The toun haes grown rapidly iver syne the turn o the 20t century intae the undisputit admeenistrative, economic an cultural center o the Faroes.

Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]

The name o the toun means Thor's Harbour, an it mey be named efter the god o thunder an lichtnin in Norse meethology; thus the town's coat o airms shows Thor's hammer Mjolnir, but mair likely it wis named efter the first settler whose name then wis Thor. The Faroese uisually refer tae their caipital as Havn - harbour.

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