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[ ˈsœrvɔavʊr ]

( Danish Sørvåg )
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Sørvágur on the Faroe Islands map
position 62 ° 4 ′  N , 7 ° 18 ′  W Coordinates: 62 ° 4 ′ 7 ″  N , 7 ° 18 ′ 24 ″  W
1,027 (2009)
Commune Sørvágs kommuna
Post Code FO 380
Markatal 48
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genitive (after ...)

í / úr Sørvági
Sumba (Färöer) Vágur Porkeri Hov (Färöer) Fámjin Tvøroyri Hvalba Skúvoy Hvalba Húsavík (Färöer) Skálavík Sandur (Färöer) Skopun Tórshavn Sørvágur Vágar Vestmanna Kvívík Sunda kommuna Eiði Runavík Runavík Runavík Nes (Eysturoy) Sjóvar kommuna Eysturkommuna Klaksvík Húsar Fuglafjørður Kunoy Klaksvík Hvannasund Viðareiði Fugloy
The municipality of Sørvágur after the merger with Mykines on January 1, 2005. The place Sørvágur is highlighted.

Sørvágur [ ˈsœrvɔavʊr ] ( Danish name : Sørvåg ) is a place on the west side of the island of Vágar , which belongs to the Faroe Islands .

The place

Sørvágur is at the inner end of Sørvágsfjørður . This fjord is also used as an approach lane for the adjacent Vágar Airport . In addition to its importance for the local fishing industry, the seaport of Sørvágur has an important function in ferry traffic with the famous island of Mykines . The Hotel Vágar belongs to the infrastructure of the place as well as good shopping possibilities. The place also has a football club , SÍ Sørvágur . In Sørvágur there is also a small local museum, the Sørvágs Bygdarsavn .


The place is said to have been settled around the year 1000 . However, it is assumed that the first settlement courtyard from the time of the conquest of the land was not located in today's town center, which is now between the two waterways Kirkjuá and Stórá , but to the west of Kirkjuá , at a place called Úti undir Skorum . In the 1950s, traces of settlement were found when a new school was built. In the late Middle Ages, the land in and around Sørvágur belonged to the Norwegian noble family Benkenstock. However, around 1665 the family sold the land to the Dane Severin Fohrman, who in turn resold the land to the local population. In this way it came about that almost the entire land was not owned by the king, as elsewhere in the Faroe Islands, but belonged to the local population. However, the place was not very big then. In the middle of the 16th century there were only three farms on site. In the first census in 1801, Sørvágur had 86 inhabitants and 19 houses. But 100 years later, in 1901, there were already 436 residents in 73 houses. During the Second World War , around 5000 Brits were temporarily settled in Sørvágur, who were involved in the construction and operation of the neighboring airport , among other things . In 1953, on the initiative of Dánjal Niclasen, the first fish factory in the Faroe Islands was built in Sørvágur.

The municipality of Sørvágur

The municipality of Sørvágur (Faroese: Sørvágs kommuna ) has belonged to the villages of Bøur and Gásadalur and the island of Mykines with its small town of the same name since January 1, 2005 . The upstream Holm Tindhólmur is one of them, but is not permanently inhabited.



See also


Web links

Commons : Sørvágur  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Í øldum og upphavi , by Sonni Jacobsen, olivant.fo (Faroese)
  2. Nakrar Hugleiðingar to Sorvag . olivant.fo (Faroese)