Stóra Dímun

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Stóra Dímun
Stora dimun farm.jpg
Waters Atlantic Ocean
Archipelago Faroe Islands
Geographical location 61 ° 41 ′ 49 "  N , 6 ° 44 ′ 56"  W Coordinates: 61 ° 41 ′ 49 "  N , 6 ° 44 ′ 56"  W
Location of Stóra Dímun
surface 2.7 km²
Highest elevation Høgoyggj
396  m
Residents 10 (January 1, 2018)
3.7 inh / km²
Map of Stóra Dímun
Map of Stóra Dímun
Stóra Dímun on a Faroese postage stamp from 2004

Stóra Dímun [ ˈstɔuɹa ˈdʊimʊn ] ( Danish : Store Dimon , German : Groß-Dimun ) is the third smallest of the 18 islands in the Faroe Islands . It belongs to the region of the island of Sandoy and there to the municipality of the island of Skúvoy . At the same time it has the status of a Útoyggj (outer island).


The name Dímun probably comes from the Celtic and means two hills in allusion to the two neighboring islands of Groß-Dimun and Klein-Dimun . Up to 25 people once lived in Dímun. The church there was taken out of service in 1922.

The history of settlement in Dímun goes back to the time of the Viking conquest in the 10th century. Dímun is already mentioned in the Faroese saga: it happened once, when the brothers Brestir and Beinir were on their farm in Dimun, that they drove to the island of Klein-Dimun, which is uninhabited; there they grazed their sheep and the cattle they tried to slaughter. According to tradition, Sigmundur Brestisson was a nine-year-old boy who witnessed the murder of his father Brestir and his brother Beinir. It was Sigmundur who Christianized the Faroe Islands in 999 and tried to abolish the principle of blood revenge. In 1808 the last giant aalk on the Faroe Islands was observed here. Giant alks occasionally came to the Faroe Islands as invasion birds in the summer . Its arrival was seen by bird trappers as a good omen for a successful hunting season.

Today there is a farm on Stóra Dímun, which is the only settlement. About 400 sheep graze on the island and many puffins and kittiwakes nest . On January 1, 2018, the island had ten inhabitants.


Since 2012 school-age children have been taught by a teacher from Tórshavn , who lives on the island except during the holidays.


The island is since 1985 three times a week by a helicopter of the Atlantic Airways fly as scheduled.

Web links

Commons : Stóra Dímun  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. IB01030 Population by sex, age and village / city, 1st January (1985-2018). In: Retrieved January 6, 2019 .
  2. Bjarni Mohr, Johnsigurd Johannesen: Fýra lærarar í Havn undirvísa á Dímun. Kringvarp Føroya, September 14, 2012, accessed January 6, 2019 (Faroese).
  3. Skúlin Dímun. Tórshavnar kommunuskúli, archived from the original on May 3, 2016 ; accessed on January 6, 2019 (Faroese).
  4. sun Smith: A skúlaløta Dímun. 9 September 2016, accessed 6 January 2019 (Faroese).
  5. Timetable. In: Retrieved January 6, 2019 .