Lítla Dímun

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Lítla Dímun
Lítla Dímun, Faroe Islands.jpg
Waters Atlantic Ocean
Archipelago Faroe Islands
Geographical location 61 ° 37 '59 "  N , 6 ° 42' 29"  W Coordinates: 61 ° 37 '59 "  N , 6 ° 42' 29"  W.
Location of Lítla Dímun
surface 80 ha
Highest elevation Rávan
414  m
Residents uninhabited
Litla dimun map.jpg

Lítla Dímun [ ˈlɞʏtlʌ ˈdɞʏmʊn ] normalized [ ˈlʊitla ˈdʊimʊn ] ( Danish Lille Dimon , German  Klein-Dimun ) is the smallest of the 18 islands in the Faroe Islands and the only one of them that is permanently uninhabited.

Lítla Dímun belongs historically and geographically to the neighboring island of Stóra Dímun (Greater Dimun) and is upstream from Suðuroy . Administratively, the island belongs to the municipality of Hvalba on Suðuroy.

The name Dímun probably comes from the Celtic and then meant two hills in allusion to the two neighboring islands of Groß-Dimun and Klein-Dimun.

Little Dimun was never settled by humans. Many puffins nest here and graze 270 sheep (as of 2004), which are brought to the island in a fishing boat in spring and caught again for shearing in autumn . The fact that sheep are kept here is already mentioned in the Faroese saga. A feature of the island is that the tip of the island is often stuck in a lenticular cloud , which then looks like a hat on the island.

In 1850, the island was auctioned for 5000 Danish Reichstaler to interested parties from Hvalba and Sandvík . According to tradition, the royal Danish monopoly trade representative from Tvøroyri also increased the auction price in order to make what had previously been royal property artificially more expensive. The island is visited by tourists twice a year.


Lítla Dímun is the island with the least biodiversity in the Faroe Islands.

Faroese German Botanical
Árshúsagras Annual bluegrass Poa annua
Hálshvít baldursbrá Coastal chamomile Matricaria maritima
Jarðlagdur krásarvi Lying fattening herb Sagina procumbens
Læknaeirisgrass Real spoonbill Cochlearia officinalis
Opinekruarvi Common chickweed Stellaria media
Reyðvingul Red fescue Festuca rubra
Rísið húsagras Common bluegrass Poa trivialis
Ullhært legugras Woolly honeygrass Holcus lanatus
Vanligt høsnagras Common hornwort Cerastium fontanum

Youth project "Silent Islands" 2006

In the summer of 2006, 28 young people from Iceland (11), Norway (8), Greenland (3) and the Faroe Islands (6) were abandoned for three days on Lítla Dímun as part of the “ Silent Islands ” project . They didn't have a cell phone, laptop, camera, watch or television. Instead, they were given a diary and a pencil each. You should be left to yourself to describe your impressions of what it is like to live in complete isolation, silence and solitude. This resulted in a play that was performed in Gøta .

Individual evidence

  1. Of sheep and whales . In: The Kitzinger . June 27, 2015, p. 33 .
  2. Lost and forgotten, but alive: Faroe Islands . In: Tagesanzeiger . June 17, 1999, p. 81 .
  3. ^ Kaushik: The Cloud Covered Island of Litla Dimun. November 18, 2011, accessed November 10, 2017 .
  4. James Proctor: Faroe Islands . Bradt Travel Guides, 2016, ISBN 978-1-78477-013-6 , pp. 148 ( google.de [accessed on November 10, 2017]).
  5. Suðuroy - EN - Events - Trip to Lítla Dímun. Retrieved November 10, 2017 .
  6. http://www.katma.no/international/faroe-islands

Web links

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