Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The population of Shetland was 21,988, a drop of 2.4% since 1991
- The album "A Life In The Year Of", was released by Sufferin' Aunties.
UK census took place. Includes first question on religion.
Alistair Carmichael was elected as the Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland. See 2001 Election Results.
New light was established on Whitehill Lighthouse.
New light was established on Muckle Roe Lighthouse.
New light was established on Hillswick Lighthouse.
- Lone sailor Stuart Hill, dubbed "Captain Calamity" by the media after a series of earlier mishaps, rescued from the upturned hull of his vessel Maximum Exposure at a position approx 50 miles W of Shetland, by the Sumburgh Airport based Coastguard Helicopter. Marking the end of his second attempt to anti-clockwise circumnavigate the British Isles single-handedly.
Foghorn was discontinued on Fair Isle North Lighthouse.