Number of sold houses and prices
30. Mar 2023
House sales decline as prices shoot up across the country

About a third of all of last year’s sales of dwelling houses took place in villages, one-third in towns and about a third in Tórshavn. But the average house price in the capital was about twice that of a village house.

A total of 271 dwelling houses were sold last year, which is the lowest figure in the past ten years.

Of this total, 99 were sold in smaller villages, 90 in towns and small cities and 82 in the capital region.

The lowest figure this century came in 2009 when 153 dwelling properties were sold. The record-high came in 2015 when the figure hit 398. The past two years have seen a decline in house sales across the country, especially outside the capital region.

The average price for a dwelling house remains highest in Tórshavn, currently at DKK 3.9 million compared with DKK 2.2 million in towns and small cities and DKK 1.8 million in villages.

Important limitations

Details about Statistics Faroe Islands’ data sources and limitations are found at the end of this article.

Please note that this article only covers sales of dwelling houses and not apartment buildings. This means that a complete picture of property sales cannot be achieved, especially considering that a large number of rental properties have been built in recent years.

In the 2015-2022 period, a total of 1,524 new residential properties were built – 652 dwelling houses and 872 terraced houses or apartments. Of this total, 311 dwelling houses and 677 terraced houses or apartments were built in the Streymoy district (predominantly in the capital region). 

Fewer dwelling houses sold in the past two years

Following the economic downturn in the early 1990s, sales of dwelling houses started to gain pace and reached a preliminary peak of 300 in 2007, just ahead of the great financial crisis. This was followed by a sharp decline in 2009-2010. The figure then rose steadily up to 2015, which saw a record number of 398 dwelling houses sold. Sales then dropped over the next four years, only to bounce back to the second-highest figure on record in 2020. Since then, sales of dwelling houses since have dropped to last year’s 271.


Higher price hikes outside capital

In 2007, i.e. shortly before the big financial crisis, Tórshavn’s average price for a dwelling house was DKK 2.3 million. By last year, this average had risen to DKK 3.9 million – an increase of 70%. The equivalent figures for towns and small cities were DKK 1.2 million in 2007 and DKK 2.2 million in 2022 – an increase of 81%. The average price of a dwelling house in villages went from DKK 1 million in 2007 to DKK 1.8 million in 2022 – an increase of 75%.


Data sources and limitations

Faroese house sales prices are disseminated quarterly by Faroese bank Betri Banki. House sales statistics are based on public registration figures, which include all house sales. The prices provide an indication of the average cost of properties, with the figures adjusted for a number of factors, including:

  • Building plot
  • Rental properties
  • Properties on plots smaller than 250 square metres
  • Properties on plots larger than 1,000 square metres (because it is assumed that the price of the plot plays a significant part of the sale)
  • Property sales regarded as deviating from market conditions, for instance when prices are unusually low in transactions between family members
  • Properties sold at an unusually high price
  • Properties sold by order of the court

With these limitations, the figures represent the free-trade price of an average dwelling house.

The capital, towns and villages

Tórshavn: Tórshavn, Hoyvík and Argir.
Towns and small cities: Klaksvík, Runavík, Glyvrar, Fuglafjørður, Gøta, Kollafjørður, Vágur, Tvøroyri, Froðba, Trongisvágur, Miðvágur and Vestmanna.
Villages: Any town and village not mentioned above.

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