23. Dec 2021
More persons per household in the Faroe Islands than in Denmark
The household size figure also differs significantly when comparing the Faroe Islands and Denmark. One-adult households without children account for 25% of all households in the Faroe Islands compared to 38% in Denmark. One-adult households with children account for 4% of all households in the Faroe Islands compared to 6% in Denmark.
Another big difference can be found in the larger-sized household figures. Households consisting of three or more adults without children account for 15% in the Faroe Islands compared to 6% in Denmark. In a similar trend, households consisting of three or more adults with children account for 13% in the Faroe Islands compared to only 2% in Denmark.
Households by regions
In terms of household types, there are quite similar patterns across the regions, with some exceptions.
The upper half of the graph below shows the distribution of household types across the regions.
In Eysturoy, the figure for one-adult households without children is considerably lower than the national average. In terms of one-adult households with children, Suðurstreymoy scores higher than the other regions, more than doubling that of Eysturoy and Sandoy. In the Vágar area, the figure for two-adult households with children tops the national average, while in terms of three adult households without children, the Vágar area scores lower than the national average.
The Sandoy area deviates from national average in that the figure for one-adult households without children is relatively high compared to the other regions. Conversely, the figure for two-adult households with children is relatively low in the Sandoy area.
In Suðuroy, the pattern is also deviates slightly from the national average. Particularly, the figures for one-adult households without children, as well as two-adult households without children top the other regions. The figure for three or more adult households with children in Suðuroy is the lowest in the country.
The lower half of the graph below shows the distribution of persons per household type across the regions.
The figures in the lower half of the graph are similar to the distribution of household types (the upper half). Again, the figures deviate from the national average in the Sandoy area and Suðuroy in particular. For instance, the figures for one-adult households without children, and two-adult households without children are relatively high.
Households and population figures
A household is defined as the residents who, as of 31 December of the year, are listed as having the same address in the national register. Residents of institutions or collective living quarters are not included in household statistics. This means that household figures do not represent the total population, though 99.2% of the population are represented in the figures.
An additional requirement for inclusion in a household statistic is that at least one person in the household has been liable to pay tax for the full extent of the year.
2009 and 2019
The figures are from the period 2009, the year in which the first survey was conducted, up to 2019, the year in which the latest survey was conducted. This article outlines the opening year and the closing year of this period.
One adult and one child
Individuals aged 18 or over are regarded as adults. Individuals aged under 18 are regarded as children.