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In 2017, approximately 50,730 people lived on the islands, 40% of whom lived in the capital Tórshavn (approximately 21,000). Tórhavn is also the economic, traffic, administrative and educational centre. The second city, Klaksvík, has about 5,000 inhabitants. There are also about 100 small towns, villages and hamlets. Of the islands, 17 are inhabited and the most densely populated is Streymoy with about 50 inhabitants per km2. On average, there are around 33 inhabitants per km2 on the Faroe Islands. In the period between 1990 and 1995, economic migration to Denmark and other EU countries caused a loss of more than 14,000 inhabitants. This has since almost recovered through immigration, a fairly high birth rate and a natural increase of 0.55% (2017) one of the highest in Western Europe. The population structure in 2017 is as follows: 0-14 years 20%; 15-64 years 68% and 65+ 12%. The birth and death rates per 1000 inhabitants in 2017 were 14.3 and 8.8 respectively. The average life expectancy for women is 83.2 years and for men 78 years. (2017)


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