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Kunoy (meaning Woman island, Danish: Kunø) is an island located in the north-east of the Faroe Islands between Kalsoy and Borðoy (to which it is linked via a causeway).

There are two settlements on Kunoy: Kunoy (population 64), on the west coast and Haraldssund on the south-east coast. These have been connected by a tunnel since 1988. Haraldssund is connected by a causeway to the neighbouring island of Borðoy to the east of Kunoy. Before the causeway was built, travel to the island was by ferry. Nowadays the 504 bus runs a regular service across the causeway, with a route from Klaksvík through Ánir then across to Haraldssund and through the tunnel to Kunoy.

A third settlement, Skarð, was the site of a fishing accident on Christmas Eve, 1913 which killed seven men (all the male population except a 14 year old and a 70 year old). The women decided to move to Haraldssund, and the area is now deserted.

Símun av Skarði (1872-1942), Faroese poet, politician and teacher and founder of the Faroese Folk High School (Føroya Fólkaháskúli) was born in Skarð, which was a small settlement on Kunoy, it was abandoned in 1919. He wrote the Faroese National Anthem, Mítt alfagra land.

The coastline of the northern tip of the island has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because of its significance as a breeding site for seabirds, especially European Storm Petrels (250 pairs) and Black Guillemots (200 pairs).

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