Finding suitable accommodation in the Faroe Islands can be difficult.
The Faroese rental market is quite limited. There are no housing rental companies in the Faroe Islands, and apartments for rent are normally part of a family’s home set aside for a tenant. By the hospital in Tórshavn there are apartments for trainees at the hospital.
Houses and apartments for rent can be found in newspaper advertisement pages and web portals. It is advisable to consult a Faroese speaking person when looking for rents in papers and portals as advertisements will be in Faroese.
The main newspaper for advertising accommodation is Sosialurin. It can be bought all over the Faroe Islands and can also be accessed online: Sosialurin (in Faroese)
The main web portal for housing (and other topics) is: torg.fo (in Faroese)
Some landlords prefer to respond to advertisements placed by potential tenants. Therefore, it may be a good idea to publish an advertisement specifying your particular needs on websites and newspapers.
The rent for houses and apartments depends on location, size and standard. Electricity and heating is normally paid separately but can also be included in the rent.
In most cases, it is necessary to pay a deposit in advance to the amount of one to three months’ rent which is returned when moving out if the apartment or house is in the same condition as when the tenancy started.
The Faroese Property Rental Appeal Board handles complaints about tenancy matters. The Tenancy Act provides that a standard contract specifying the rent and conditions for the tenancy must be filled in and signed by the landlord and the tenant. The notice period to vacate a rented flat is 3 months if the apartment is part of the landlord’s home and 5 months if the landlord does not live in the same house.
Further information about tenancy rights: Faroese Property Rental Appeal Board.
A variety of hotels, guesthouses and rented flats and houses are available for short-term accommodation.
List of hotels and guesthouses in the Faroe Islands: Visit Faroe Islands
List of accommodation in Tórshavn, including flats and houses and Bed and Breakfast: Visit Tórshavn
Moving between different countries is a process that requires a great deal of planning and consideration.
There are several daily flights to the Faroe Islands from Denmark (Copenhagen) and several weekly flights from Iceland (Reykjavík) and Norway (Bergen) throughout the year. In the summer period there are regular flights from Spain (Barcelona) as well.
There is a regular car ferry service to the Faroe Islands from Denmark (Hirtshals) throughout the year and from Iceland (Seyðisfjørður) from April to October.
Further information on traveling to the Faroe Islands:
If you are planning to undertake a long term research stay, you may want to move your belongings to the Faroe Islands.
Removal goods can be sent to the Faroe Islands as freight by sea or by air. If you have a large quantity of removal goods, transport by sea is normally considerably cheaper than transport by air. However, if you move to the Faroe Islands from a remote country, transport by air may be cheaper than transport by sea.
Several Faroese freight companies offer a door to door transport of personal belongings to the Faroe Islands. The company will pick up your removal goods at your home address and transport them in steel containers or removal boxes by road and sea to your new address in the Faroe Islands. Some companies also offer to pack and unpack your goods.
You will find a survey of removal companies here: Yellow Pages (in Faroese)
It is important to insure your removal goods. Removal companies normally have limited responsibility and most household contents insurances and travel insurances do not cover removal goods.
You can obtain a removal insurance through the removal company.
When you move to the Faroe Islands your personal belongings are exempt from tax and duty, on the condition that you are indeed moving your domicile to the Faroe Islands and giving up your foreign domicile.
As proof of moving, the Faroese customs authorities - TAKS - require a certificate of change of address from the municipality you are moving to in the Faroe Islands.
When importing personal belongings, you are required to complete and submit a Removal Goods Certificate issued by TAKS. The certificate can be found here.
Belongings imported as removal goods exempt from tax and duty must have been owned and used by the person moving or his household for at least 6 months before moving to the Faroe Islands. The items must continue to be used by the person moving or his household in the Faroe Islands.
Food items, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages cannot be imported as removal goods exempt from tax and duty.
The entitlement to import removal goods exempt from tax and duty lapses one year after moving.
Further information on customs here.
Source: euraxess.fo, sept. 2015.