Vágur

What is Vágur known for?


football field

Category:Municipalities of the Faroe Islands Category:Populated places in the Faroe Islands Category:Populated coastal places in the Faroe Islands Category:Ports and harbours of the Faroe Islands Category:Suðuroy The mid 20th century The third period included a modernization of the ferries, introducing the car-ferries, making it possible to drive between the large centres of the country. Soon it would be possible to drive all the way from the capital of Tórshavn to Vágur and Tvøroyri in the south, to Fuglafjørður and Klaksvík in the north and to the airport at Sørvágur in the west


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fish from British (Great Britain) smacks and processed it to clipfish (Dried and salted cod), which was exported. *From 1870s Vágur and Tvøroyri (also in Suðuroy) became the main harbors for the large scale fishery by Iceland and Greenland; Vágur was for many years one of the fastest growing societies of the Faroe Islands. *1905 - Vágs Bóltfelag, VB (football and handball club) was founded on 6 June. The handball club is still called VB, the football club changed its

which eventually led to the abolition of monopoly trading in 1856. The memorial was erected in memory of the fact that in 1804 on this spot, now called Fløtan Fríða, the first Faroese (Faroe Islands) ship

, when the wind came from east and the eastern harbor could not be used. Vágseiði has also been used to dump garbage into the sea, but that stopped many years ago. Now all garbage is gathered and burnt by IRF. Sports Vágur had a football club, which was called VB (VB Vágur), it was founded in 1905. ISF.fo (''in Faroese'') In 2005 VB merged with Sumba ÍF (Sumba, Faroe Islands) to VB Sumba and in 2010 they founded a new football club


beautiful nature

known as “Kirkjuvatn” (Church Lake), one of the largest on the island. The old mountain path between Fámjin and Vágur was originally the main road (Highway) be­tween the two villages. The path goes through beautiful nature in the mountains south of Fámjin and runs along the cliffs to the west. There are cairns along the path. West of Fámjin by the end of the road is a gorge which is called Prestgjógv (The Priest's Gorge). Tvøroyri and Vágur take turns in hosting an annual civic-festival called Jóansøka. It can be described as a smaller version of the Ólavsøka held in Tórshavn. Jóansøka runs in late June. The wooden church (church (building)) in Hov was originally built in Vágur on Kirkjukletti (Á Kirkjukletti) in 1862. It was moved to Hov in 1942. A new church was built in Vágur, it was ready in 1939, after that they could start to take down the old church and move it to Hov, as it was promised 25 years earlier in 1914. Hov.fo '''Porkeri''' is a village in the Faroe Islands, situated northeast of Vágur on Suðuroy's east coast. As of 2008 it had a population of 362, and it has been inhabited at least as early as the 14th century. thumb Boat race at Ólavsøka 2010, 6-oar boats (6-mannafør) with women. (File:Olavsoka 2010 Boat Race Women 6-oar rowing boats.JPG) The Olavsoka Boat Race is always held on the eve of Olavsoka on 28 July. Before the Ólavsøka festival there have been several other village festivals around the islands, where the Faroese boat race has been going on, starting at the Norðoyastevna in Klaksvík, which is either in the beginning of June or in the end of May. In the end of June there is an island festival in Suðuroy which is called Jóansøka. This festival is celebrated every second year it; is held in Tvøroyri (odd years) and every second years in Vágur (even years). The rowing competition on Jóansøka is always held on a Saturday. The Faroese boat race is in several parts, divided into groups of children, boys, girls, men and women. The boat races are also grouped by the size of the boats. All the boats are wooden rowing boats, the rowing people are sitting together two and two, and one person is steering the boat in the back of the boat. In Faroese the boats are called 5-mannafør, 6-mannafør, 8-mannafør and 10-mannafør. The boats who win the Olavsoka Boat Race win a trophy and the boats who become Faroese Champions also win another trophy. Sometimes the same boat is the winner of both trophies. The rowing people who win also get medals. The distance which the boats are rowing is 1,000 meters at the Olavsoka Boat Race, except for the children who row a shorter distance. In some places the larger boats row longer distances. The 8-mannafør row 1,500 meters and the 10-mannafør row 2,000 meters. But this is not possible in Tórshavn. These are the settlements of Suðuroy (listed from north to south): Sandvík (re-established as a settlement in the early 19th century) Hvalba, Froðba, Tvøroyri, Trongisvágur, Øravík, Fámjin, Hov (Hov, Faroe Islands), Porkeri, Vágur, Fámara (re-established in 2010), Akrar, Lopra and Sumba (Sumba, Faroe Islands). It is possible to go by bus from the harbour of Krambatangi to Tvøroyri, Hvalba and Sandvík in the north on route 701 or to Vágur and all the other villages in the southern part of the island, Sumba (Sumba, Faroe Islands) being the southernmost and the terminus of route 700. From Tvøroyri one can follow the coast street over the mountains to Øravík and then there are three options. One can turn right to Fámjin, or one can continue straight ahead and take the tunnel to Hov, or take the old mountain road to Hov. After either of these two options you come to Hov and from there one can continue to the villages, Porkeri, Nes (Nes, Vágur), Vágur, Lopra, Akrar and from Lopra you can either take the road tunnel to Sumba or you can take the old curvy mountain road, which passes by the sea cliff Beinisvørð, than continue to Akraberg with the lighthouse and to the southernmost village Sumba (Sumba, Faroe Islands). As mentioned above, one can also turn right from the village Øravík and follow the road over the mountain to the little village Fámjin, which is one of two villages on the west coast of Suðuroy, Sumba (Sumba, Faroe Islands) is the other one. All the other villages are located on the east coast. There is a road tunnel between Øravík and Hov, as mentioned above. If you are in a hurry you can take the tunnel, but the road over the mountain is a beautiful trip, especially on your way back again to the ferry, with a nice view over the fjords Tjaldavík with Tjaldavíksholmur and Trongisvágsfjørður with the villages towns Froðba, Tvøroyri and Trongisvágur lying around it. Jóansøka - The Midsummer Festival of Suðuroy Tvøroyri and Vágur take turns in hosting an annual civic-festival called Jóansøka. It can be described as a smaller version of the Ólavsøka held in Tórshavn. It runs in late June, in the last weekend of June, the rowing competition is always on Saturday of the Jóansøka weekend. Swimming in Suðuroy Suðuroy has recently had good results in international swimming competitions. The two swimming clubs in Suðuroy "Vágs Svimjifelag" and "Tvøroyrar Svimjifelag" joined forces 6 September 2007 and founded Susvim, which is for the whole island. A young man from Vágur has had the best results until now. Pál Joensen won triple gold in the 2008 European Junior Swimming Championships on short course in the mens' 400 M, 800 M and 1500 M Freestyle. Two years later he won silver in the Mens' 1500 M Freestyle at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships. Swimmingworldmagazine.com Other swimmers from Susvim have also had good results in Faroe Islands and in Denmark and at the Island Games competitions. Rowing in Suðuroy There are two active rowing clubs in Suðuroy, Vágs Kappróðrarfelag from Vágur and Froðbiar Sóknar Róðrarfelag from Tvøroyri and the villages around Trongisvágsfjørður (fjord). There are also rowing clubs in Sumba (Sumba, Faroe Islands) and in Hvalba. In Sumba they had a boat which was called Broddur, but they have not been active for some years now. In Hvalba they had a boat which was named Snopprikkur after a well known man from the history of Suðuroy (Suðuroyar Sagnir). Vágs Kappróðrarfelag has these boats: Royndin Fríða, which is a so-called 5-mannafar, Smyril, which is a 6-mannafar, Toftaregin, which is a 8-mannafar and Vágbingur, which is a 10-mannafar. Froðbiar Sóknar Róðrarfelag has the boats Firvaldur, which is a 5-mannafar (Firvaldur means Butterfly), Firildur and Hulda are also 5-mannafar, Tvørábáturin is a 6-mannafar, Suðringur and another Tvørábáturin are 10-mannafar (there are two boats which are called Tvørábáturin, which means the boat from Tvøroyri). Drekin.fo Sports thumb right 200px Pál Joensen (File:Pál Joensen a Faroese Silver Medal Winner at The European Swimming Championships 2010.jpg) after coming back home to his hometown Vágur after winning a silver medal at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships Football is the most popular sport on the Faroe Islands, closely followed by handball (Team handball), volleyball and rowing (rowing (sport)). 60% of those who play sport on the islands play football. A 1-0 victory over Austria on 12 September 1990 still ranks as the greatest day in the history of football on the islands, but the national team has also recorded a number of impressive results against higher-ranked teams, primarily on home soil. Strandfaraskip Landsins thumb left Regina Baltica on route from Vágur (File:Regina Baltica.1.jpg), Suðuroy to Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands on 17 Sep. 2010. On 11 September 2010 ''Regina Baltica'' arrived in Vágur, Faroe Islands. She was chartered to Strandfaraskip Landsins for four weeks from 17 September onwards for use on the service linking Tórshavn to Tvøroyri in Suðuroy while the regular ferry on the route – the ''Smyril'' – undergoes a docking in Denmark. SSL.fo, (''in Faroese'') The first journey was from Vágur in Suðuroy, but the rest of the time Regina Baltica was embarking and disembarking from Krambatangi ferry port near Tvøroyri. The schedule had to be changed, because it takes longer time to embark with Regina Baltica, therefore the ferry can't sail 3 times daily from Tórshavn three time weekly like Smyril did, but two time daily every day. SSL.fo, Ferðætlan hjá M F Regina Baltica (Time Schedule of M F Regina Baltica). Sudurras1.com (''in Faroese'') Smyril came back again on 15 October 2010, and went back on its route on the same day. Regina Baltica sailed for the last time from Tórshavn at 13:00 to Vágur. Smyril left from Krambatangi ferry port at 15:30 according to the planned schedule. Skipini.com, Smyril aftur í sigling. Regina Baltica was lying at the port of Vágur for 6 days. The ferry left Vágur on 21 October 2010. Skipini.com, Regina Baltica farin avstað (Regina Baltica has left). Strandfaraskip Landsins thumb left Regina Baltica on route from Vágur (File:Regina Baltica.1.jpg), Suðuroy to Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands on 17 Sep. 2010. On 11 September 2010 ''Regina Baltica'' arrived in Vágur, Faroe Islands. She was chartered to Strandfaraskip Landsins for four weeks from 17 September onwards for use on the service linking Tórshavn to Tvøroyri in Suðuroy while the regular ferry on the route – the ''Smyril'' – undergoes a docking in Denmark. SSL.fo, (''in Faroese'') The first journey was from Vágur in Suðuroy, but the rest of the time Regina Baltica was embarking and disembarking from Krambatangi ferry port near Tvøroyri. The schedule had to be changed, because it takes longer time to embark with Regina Baltica, therefore the ferry can't sail 3 times daily from Tórshavn three time weekly like Smyril did, but two time daily every day. SSL.fo, Ferðætlan hjá M F Regina Baltica (Time Schedule of M F Regina Baltica). Sudurras1.com (''in Faroese'') Smyril came back again on 15 October 2010, and went back on its route on the same day. Regina Baltica sailed for the last time from Tórshavn at 13:00 to Vágur. Smyril left from Krambatangi ferry port at 15:30 according to the planned schedule. Skipini.com, Smyril aftur í sigling. Regina Baltica was lying at the port of Vágur for 6 days. The ferry left Vágur on 21 October 2010. Skipini.com, Regina Baltica farin avstað (Regina Baltica has left). Strandfaraskip Landsins thumb left Regina Baltica on route from Vágur (File:Regina Baltica.1.jpg), Suðuroy to Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands on 17 Sep. 2010. On 11 September 2010 ''Regina Baltica'' arrived in Vágur, Faroe Islands. She was chartered to Strandfaraskip Landsins for four weeks from 17 September onwards for use on the service linking Tórshavn to Tvøroyri in Suðuroy while the regular ferry on the route – the ''Smyril'' – undergoes a docking in Denmark. SSL.fo, (''in Faroese'') The first journey was from Vágur in Suðuroy, but the rest of the time Regina Baltica was embarking and disembarking from Krambatangi ferry port near Tvøroyri. The schedule had to be changed, because it takes longer time to embark with Regina Baltica, therefore the ferry can't sail 3 times daily from Tórshavn three time weekly like Smyril did, but two time daily every day. SSL.fo, Ferðætlan hjá M F Regina Baltica (Time Schedule of M F Regina Baltica). Sudurras1.com (''in Faroese'') Smyril came back again on 15 October 2010, and went back on its route on the same day. Regina Baltica sailed for the last time from Tórshavn at 13:00 to Vágur. Smyril left from Krambatangi ferry port at 15:30 according to the planned schedule. Skipini.com, Smyril aftur í sigling. Regina Baltica was lying at the port of Vágur for 6 days. The ferry left Vágur on 21 October 2010. Skipini.com, Regina Baltica farin avstað (Regina Baltica has left). thumb left Regina Baltica on route from Vágur (File:Regina Baltica.1.jpg), Suðuroy to Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands on 17 Sep. 2010. On 11 September 2010 ''Regina Baltica'' arrived in Vágur, Faroe Islands. She was chartered to Strandfaraskip Landsins for four weeks from 17 September onwards for use on the service linking Tórshavn to Tvøroyri in Suðuroy while the regular ferry on the route – the ''Smyril'' – undergoes a docking in Denmark. SSL.fo, (''in Faroese'') The first journey was from Vágur in Suðuroy, but the rest of the time Regina Baltica was embarking and disembarking from Krambatangi ferry port near Tvøroyri. The schedule had to be changed, because it takes longer time to embark with Regina Baltica, therefore the ferry can't sail 3 times daily from Tórshavn three time weekly like Smyril did, but two time daily every day. SSL.fo, Ferðætlan hjá M F Regina Baltica (Time Schedule of M F Regina Baltica). Sudurras1.com (''in Faroese'') Smyril came back again on 15 October 2010, and went back on its route on the same day. Regina Baltica sailed for the last time from Tórshavn at 13:00 to Vágur. Smyril left from Krambatangi ferry port at 15:30 according to the planned schedule. Skipini.com, Smyril aftur í sigling. Regina Baltica was lying at the port of Vágur for 6 days. The ferry left Vágur on 21 October 2010. Skipini.com, Regina Baltica farin avstað (Regina Baltica has left). - Vágur 1,402 67 21 61 Suðuroy Suðuroy - birth_date October 21, 1940 birth_place Vágur, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands death_date August 26, 2001 '''Marita Petersen''' (born '''Marita Johansen''' on 21 October 1940, Vágur - 26 August 2001, Tórshavn) was the first and to date only female Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands. She was elected to the Løgting (Parliament) in 1988. In 1993, Marita was elected to the post of Prime Minister which she held until 1994. Later, she became chairman of the parliament (Løgting) from 1994 to 1995. She died of cancer in 2001. DATE OF BIRTH October 21, 1940 PLACE OF BIRTH Vágur, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands DATE OF DEATH August 26, 2001 Until 1 April 1976, the Faroese postal system was under the direction of Post Danmark (Post and Telegraph System). At that time the Faroese postal system was organised so that it had a post office (Tórshavn Post Office) managed by a postmaster. Then came the postal clerks with the so-called postal agents as managers. The postal clerks were located in the following settlements: Klaksvík, Tvøroyri, Vágur, Vestmanna and Saltangará. All the other post offices were divided into two groups. The larger ones were called "letter collection sites", and the smaller were called "postal exchange sites". *In Vágur located in the island Suðuroy the southernmost island, there is a Ruth Smith Art Museum. The art museum has artworks (paintings and drawings) made by Ruth Smith. * GudrunogGudrun - Faroese designer duo * The Ruth Smith Art Museum in Vágur, Suðuroy Sumba lies behind high mountains and it used to be difficult to reach in wintertime when the storms raged. Just outside the coast of Sumba is the islet Sumbiarhólmur. In summertime men from Sumba take 7 or 8 rams out on the islet and collect them again in September. Sudurras1.com The rams gain much weight when they are grassing on Sumbiarhólmur, up to 30 pounds, and the meat gets much tastier according to the people from Sumba. Portal.fo In 1997 a tunnel was blown through the mountains from Lopra to Sumba. This makes life easier for people in Sumba who work in Vágur or Tvøroyri. Denied a loan to buy a ship to demonstrate the possibilities of fishing from larger ships, he, his brother-in-law Per Larsen, Jacob Jacobsen and Poul's brothers bought a wrecked ship at auction and rebuilt her at Vágur. Launched on 6 August 1804 and christened '''''Royndin Fríða''''' (Beautiful Trial), this schooner was the first sea-going ship built in the Faroe Islands, and the first Faroese-owned vessel since the early Middle Ages. West, p. 55. Wikipedia:Vágur, Faroe Islands Commons:Category:Vágur


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, a fleet of fishing vessels and a filleting factory. History thumbnail Wooden row boats from Vágur on Vágseiði, the oldest one was built in 1872 (File:FaroeBoats Grindabatar from Vagur.JPG) thumbnail The Church of Vágur (File:Church of Vagur.jpg) thumbnail Ship models from the World War II Museum in Vágur, models of the ships from Vágur which were lost during WWII. (File:World War II Museum in Vágur Faroe Islands.JPG) *1350 Vágur is mentioned for the first time in historical documents

). The cableway was built from Múlagjógv towards east to the shore of Vágseiði. The cableway made it easier and more safe to land the boats. They had boat houses there. They could transport both fish and boats this way. In 1906 there was no electricity so the cableway worked by handcraft until they got electricity. *1921 - Vágur Municipality built the first power plant of the Faroe Islands, when they built the hydro-electric power plant in Botnur, north-west of Vágur. *1939 - The new Church

course. Omegatiming.com Budapest 2010, Men's 1500m Freestyle Pál Joensen is swimming with Susvim, which is a swimming club for Suðuroy. There is a rowing club in Vágur, which is called Vágs Kappróðrarfelag. They have wooden rowing boats in all sizes: Vágbingur is a 10-mannafar, Toftaregin is an 8-mannafar, Smyril is a 6-mannafar and Royndin Fríða is a 5


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known as “Kirkjuvatn” (Church Lake), one of the largest on the island. The old mountain path between Fámjin and Vágur was originally the main road (Highway) be­tween the two villages. The path goes through beautiful nature in the mountains south of Fámjin and runs along the cliffs to the west. There are cairns along the path. West of Fámjin by the end of the road is a gorge which is called Prestgjógv (The Priest's Gorge). Tvøroyri and Vágur take turns in hosting an annual

it. Jóansøka - The Midsummer Festival of Suðuroy Tvøroyri and Vágur take turns in hosting an annual civic-festival called Jóansøka. It can be described as a smaller version of the Ólavsøka held in Tórshavn. It runs in late June, in the last weekend of June, the rowing competition is always on Saturday of the Jóansøka weekend. Swimming in Suðuroy Suðuroy has recently had good results in international swimming competitions. The two swimming clubs in Suðuroy "Vágs


Boats

, a fleet of fishing vessels and a filleting factory. History thumbnail Wooden row boats from Vágur on Vágseiði, the oldest one was built in 1872 (File:FaroeBoats Grindabatar from Vagur.JPG) thumbnail The Church of Vágur (File:Church of Vagur.jpg) thumbnail Ship models from the World War II Museum in Vágur, models of the ships from Vágur which were lost during WWII. (File:World War II Museum in Vágur Faroe Islands.JPG) *1350 Vágur is mentioned for the first time in historical documents

). The cableway was built from Múlagjógv towards east to the shore of Vágseiði. The cableway made it easier and more safe to land the boats. They had boat houses there. They could transport both fish and boats this way. In 1906 there was no electricity so the cableway worked by handcraft until they got electricity. *1921 - Vágur Municipality built the first power plant of the Faroe Islands, when they built the hydro-electric power plant in Botnur, north-west of Vágur. *1939 - The new Church

course. Omegatiming.com Budapest 2010, Men's 1500m Freestyle Pál Joensen is swimming with Susvim, which is a swimming club for Suðuroy. There is a rowing club in Vágur, which is called Vágs Kappróðrarfelag. They have wooden rowing boats in all sizes: Vágbingur is a 10-mannafar, Toftaregin is an 8-mannafar, Smyril is a 6-mannafar and Royndin Fríða is a 5


art works

directions In the western part of the village next to the DJ Vilhelm supermarket. phone +298 597368 tollfree fax hours By appointment price 30 DKK content Ruth Smith (1913-1958) was born in Vágur and grew up here too. Later she moved to Denmark, where she studied art. She is famous in several countries. In the museum you can see art works by Ruth Smith. The nature around Vágur is beautiful and breathtaking. *'''Vágseiði''' is on the west coast, only around 1 km west


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in such a manner is a pilot whale boat. The pilot whale boat is not a traditional small Faroese rowing boat, neither is it a vehicle used by the coastal navigation, and it does not include the modern Faroese factory fleet. A pilot whale boat simply describes the temporary condition of a small boat during a hunt, which is otherwise used for line fishery or leisure purposes. thumb left 200px The sea having turned blood red. (File:Hvalba beach whaling, Faroe Islands.jpg) File:Killed pilot wales, faroe


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, DJ Vilhelm, who had bought all the building. The Stóra Pakkhús Association was manned by people from local associations: Vágs Kappróðrarfelag (rowing club of Vágur), Vágs Sóknar Bygdasavn (The Museum of Vágur), Johanna TG 326 (the smack Johanna), Felagið Garðabrúgv, Grindabátafelagið and Nýggjársnevndin (The New Year's Committee). A few craftsmen were paid for their work, but some 70 people worked without pay in restoring the Large Storage House. http

dramatic light scenery in the Faroe Islands: The town of Vágur, winter 2004 thumb right 200px Church of Vágur on Suðuroy (File:Faroe stamp 503 church of vagur.jpg) The tourist attractions include a wide variety of excursions during the summer. Amongst other things on offer is a boat trip on the old fishing boat, Jóhanna TG 326, west around the island to an area where birds flock and nest by the thousand, close to the world's steepest cliff, Beinisvørð. Hiking trips are arranged every summer


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are for 13, 19, 42 and 49 persons. * Phone: 227228, AH Taxi, Trongisvágur. Taxi (two cars). * Phone: 215210 or 250350, David Findleton, Taxi and minibus. * Phone: 226566, Mikkjal Pauli Johansen, Trongisvágur,bus * Phone: 212324, Fámjins Bygdaleið, Fámjin, Two busses for 14 and 19 persons. '''Rent a car in Suðuroy''' * '''ADI Auto Service''', Sjógøta 79, FO-800 Tvøroyri, phone +298 222328. Description: ADI Auto Service has a few cars and pick-up's for hire. Two Skoda Sabia, one Ford Mondeo, one

Daewoo, 2 pick-up's and one jeep in which you can drive up in the mountains. Price for one of the cars is 500 DKK for one day. If you hire the car for more than one day the price is 350 DKK pr. day. Free kilometer. (These information are from 2010, the cars and prices may change in time). * '''Magn''' petrol station in Trongisvagur, phone +298 371466 See *

directions In the western part of the village next to the DJ Vilhelm supermarket. phone +298 597368 tollfree fax hours By appointment price 30 DKK content Ruth Smith (1913-1958) was born in Vágur and grew up here too. Later she moved to Denmark, where she studied art. She is famous in several countries. In the museum you can see art works by Ruth Smith. The nature around Vágur is beautiful and breathtaking. *'''Vágseiði''' is on the west coast, only around 1 km west

Vágur

'''Vágur''' meaning ''Bay'' ( ) is a town on the island of Suðuroy, part of the Faroe Islands.

It is situated on the east coast of the island on the Vágsfjørður fjord, and was founded in the fourteenth century. Expansion has meant that the nearby town of Nes (Nes, Vágur) is now a suburb of Vágur. Vágur has a sports hall next to the football grounds on Eiðinum (Vesturi á Eiðinum Stadium), near Vágseiði, a swimmingpool by the school and a clinic which offers the services of doctors, nurses and dentists. There is also a hotel, one bank and various shops. Vagur.fo, Shops

The port area, which is 14 m in depth, is situated on the northern part of the fjord. Vagur.fo, Vágs Havn (The Harbour) The port authorities can offer services of piloting (lods), water and fire-fighting, and in connection with the harbour there is a modern fish factory and auctioneers for fish. Salmon farming is also a part of the fish industry in Vágur, this includes salmon farm rings on the fjord and in other places near the east coast of Suðuroy and a salmon factory. The town has a slipway, a fleet of fishing vessels and a filleting factory.

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