Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Banks are closed at weekends.
You will receive your postal address when moving into accommodation. You can buy stamps at the post offices, kiosks, supermarkets many of which stay open late in the evening and on weekends.
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The Swedish krona (plural kronor), also known as the crown, is denoted by the international currency symbol SEK. You may also see the symbol :- used to denote SEK (e.g. a sign stating that something costs 59:-). One krona contains 100 öre. Bank notes are available in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000kronor; coins in 1, 5 and 10 kronor. All major bank and credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sweden. (EUR 1 = approx. SEK 9).
The Faroe Islands, like most European countries, has right-hand traffic. The legal driving age is 18 and you are expected to have your driver’s license with you when driving. A foreign driver’s license is valid for a maximum of one year starting the date you register at the local tax office. After one year you need to obtain a Faroese driving license. The laws on drinking and driving are very strict and such behaviour is not only illegal, but socially unaccepted.
Electricity is standard European 400/230 volts and 50 cycles (Hz), European plug.
In case of emergency, dial 112 to contact the police, fire brigade or medical services. Emergency calls made from payphones are free of charge.
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Non Nordic citizens and Nordic citizens who intend to stay for more than 6 months in the Faroe Islands must notify their new address in the Faroe Islands to their local municipality within 5 days after arrival.
Non Nordic citizens must have a valid residence permit in order to register.
All individuals registered at a local municipality are automatically recorded in the National Resident Registry and will be given a personal Faroese ID-number (p-tal).
The ID-number is the key to a range of actions in the Faroese society, such as receiving health services, opening a bank account and paying taxes.
The National Resident Registry will notify the Tax Administration and the National Health Insurance.
Nordic citizens staying for less than 6 months will be given a preliminary ID-number from their employer.
Traveling by bus in Tórshavn is free.
Travel by bus and ferry between villages, towns and islands to and from school are free for students, also foreign students.
The school will apply for the student travel card for you. The one-time cost for the card is DKK 50.
Prescriptions from Faroese doctors can be filled at the local pharmacy (apotek). In Tórshavn the pharmacy is located at the shopping mall called SMS.
Over-the-counter medicines may also be available at supermarkets or petrol stations in towns and villages outside Tórshavn.
Most international students in the Faroe Islands choose to use Skype and mobile telephones with pay-as-you-go SIM cards from one of the two companies Vodafone or Faroese Telecom, that can be easily topped up online. If you don’t want to buy a mobile phone in the Faroe Islands it is often possible to use a phone from your home country with a faroese SIM card. Make sure that the phone is not locked to your previous operator. Another option is to subscribe to a new mobile phone contract.
The country code is +298 ant internet TLD is .fo.
You can now buy stamps, envelopes, postcards etc. in your local supermarket or grocery store, and send your letter in the postal box outside.
|Matvørubúðin||á Mýrini 2||Nólsoy|
|J.P. Lamhauge||Toftavegur 30||Vestmanna|
|PE||í Bygdini 3||Sørvágur|
|Carl August Jensen||við Sjógv 68||Kollafjørður|
|Esmar Olsen||Garðsendavegur 13||Hósvík|
|hjá Kára||Heimtún 12 - 14||Eiði|
|PE||við Ánna 12||Norðragøta|
|hjá Pidda||Toftavegur 6||Toftir|
|John Hammer||við Sílá 12||Tvøroyri|
|D.J. Vilhelm||Oyrarvegur 6||Vágur|
|Zacharias Múller||Klovavegur 19||Porkeri|
Posta Home service can be reserved weekdays 8:00 - 17:00 by calling +298 81 81 81. The service will be provided the following day.
With Posta Home you can:
The fee for using Posta Home service is the same in the post-office. A fee of DKK 150,- is placed on orders that are made outside the regular hours of the Posta Home delivery van. Businesses and public institutions can take out a business subscription or call +298 61 61 61 for domestic transport.
Posta Self gives you the opportunity to take care of your postal errands outside the normal operating hours.
Find Posta Self at these locations:
Posta Self allows you to:
You find post prices and more information about customs etc. here.
Flag day, 25 April.
General/Great Prayer Day (Dýri biðidagur), 4th Friday after Easter.
Constitution Day, 5 June (half-day holiday).
St.Olav's Eve, 28 July (half-day holiday for selected workers unions).
St.Olav's Day, 29 July (full holiday for selected workers unions).
Christmas Eve, 24 December.
Christmas Day, 25 December.
Boxing Day, 26 December.
New Year's Eve, 31 December (half-day holiday).
Shopping hours are generally between 9 am and 5.30 pm on weekdays and 9 am and 2 pm on saturdays. You'll find supermarkets that are upen until 10 and 11 pm, also during weekends.
The shopping mall SMS has these opening hours:
Monday - thursday: 10.00 - 18.00
Friday: 10.00 - 19.00
Saturday: 10.00 - 18.00
By signing up you will get a student card for free. The Student card called "Ò" will give you dicounts in certain shops, restaurants, firness centers etc. Sign up here
There are also national student cards which give discounts on domestic travel by air, train and bus.
Time Changes - summer and winter time
|2015||søn 29. mar, 01.00||WET → WEST||+1 hour (DST start)||UTC+1h|
|søn 25. okt, 02.00||WEST → WET||-1 hour (DST end)||UTC|
|2016||søn 27. mar, 01.00||WET → WEST||+1 hour (DST start)||UTC+1h|
|søn 30. okt, 02.00||WEST → WET||-1 hour (DST end)||UTC|
|2017||søn 26. mar, 01.00||WET → WEST||+1 hour (DST start)||UTC+1h|
|søn 29. okt, 02.00||WEST → WET||-1 hour (DST end)||UTC|
|2018||søn 25. mar, 01.00||WET → WEST||+1 hour (DST start)||UTC+1h|
|søn 28. okt, 02.00||WEST → WET||-1 hour (DST end)||UTC|
|* All times are local Tórshavn time. Next time change is highlighted.
A service charge is included in the price in restaurants and taxis, but it is normal practice to leave a small tip (around 10 per cent) if you feel you have received good service at restaurants.