Lerwick (/ˈlɛrɪk/; Old Norse: Leirvik; Norn: Larvik) is the main town and port of the Shetland archipelago, Scotland. Shetland's only burgh, Lerwick had a population of about 7,000 residents in 2010.[3]


View of Lerwick across Bressay Sound
Location within Shetland
Area3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi) [1]
Population6,760 (mid-2020 est.)[2]
 Density2,146/km2 (5,560/sq mi)
OS grid referenceHU474414
 Edinburgh300 miles (480 km)
 London600 miles (970 km)
Civil parish
  • Lerwick
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtZE1
Dialling code01595
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
60.155°N 1.145°W / 60.155; -1.145

Centred 123 miles (200 km) off the north coast of the Scottish mainland and on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland, Lerwick lies 211 miles (340 km) north-by-northeast of Aberdeen; 222 miles (357 km) west of the similarly sheltered port of Bergen in Norway; and 228 miles (367 km) south east of Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands.[n 1] It is both the most northerly and the most easterly town in Scotland.[citation needed] One of the UK's coastal weather stations is situated there, with the local climate having small seasonal variation due to the maritime influence. Being located further north than Saint Petersburg and the three mainland Nordic capitals, Lerwick's nights in the middle of summer only get dark twilight and winters have below six hours of complete daylight.[4][5]

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