Torshavn, also Thorshavn, capital city of the Faroe Islands, Denmark, on southeastern Streymoy (Stromo) Island, in the Atlantic Ocean, midway between Scotland and Iceland. It is a fishing port and contains fish-processing plants and a shipyard. The city also serves as the commercial and distribution center for the island group. Torshavn is the site of the Faroese Academy (1965); the national library and archives; the National Museum, with exhibits of local antiquities; and the Natural History Museum. During World War II the city was occupied by British forces from 1942 to 1945. Population (1990 estimate) 14,000.