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The Faroe Islands

Iceland Discovered

It will forever remain unknown who was the first man to step on the shores of the island in the North Atlantic now called Iceland. It is, however, well known th...

Music in the Faroes

Music holds an important position in Faroe socie­ty. It has always been so, but the trend in recent years has shown a widening spread in musical genres. More an...

Sports in the Faroes

Historically there has always been much inter­est in sport in the Faroe Islands. In the old sagas and leg­ends there are tales of heroes and strong men, who per...

The Faroe Economy

With 48.000 inhabitants spread over 18 islands in the North Atlantic the Faroe Islands are the world's smallest independent economic entity. Six of the islands ...

Faroe Constitutional Affairs

The Faroe Islands have an ancient constitutional his­tory. Norse settlers estab­lished here their own parliament called "thing" around the year 800. So the Faro...

Vágar and Mykines

Inhabitants: 2935 Area: 188 km2 Vágoy is the westernmost of the major islands in Faroe. Vágar has everything that the hospitable Faroese can offer their guests...

Suðuroy

Population: 4922 Area: 166 km2  (2016) Of the 18 Faroe Islands, Suðuroy is the southern­most, as its name indicates, with its unique geology and diverse natura...

Tórshavn: the Friendly Capital

Tórshavn: the Friendly Capital Tórshavn, or Havnin - the harbour - as we usually call it, is the capital of the Faroes and by far the biggest town, though prob...

The Weather

If you cannot find other sub­jects of conversation, you can always talk about the weather. The difference between the Faroes and so many other countries is that...

Sandoy, Skúvoy and Dímun

Population: 1443 Area: 122 km2 Villages: Skopun, Sandur, Skálavík, Húsavík, Dalur, Skúvoy. Besides there is Dímun with one farmstead. Soft Islands with a Shar...

Streymoy, Nólsoy, Hestur and Koltur

Population: 22.000 Area: 392 m2 Streymoy is the biggest of the 18 Faroe Islands. It is located in the middle of the country and makes up 24% of the total land ...

The Faroes: In Brief

The Faroes: In Brief When looking at the 18 small Faroe Islands, alone in the wide open ocean, 300 km to the nearest shore, partitioned by narrow fiords and so...

The Status of the Church in the Faroes

About the year 1000 Sigmund Brestisson intro­duced Christianity in Faroe. He is said to have had a church built on his farm on Skúvoy, and no doubt other chieft...

The Environment

The Faroe Islands are known for their spectacu­lar landscape. Whether one experiences the islands on a good summer day with birds singing under a clear sky or o...

Literature and Art in Faroe Islands

Heroic Ballads and National Romanticism The Faroe Islands are known for their ancient heroic bal­lads, still preserved in the Faroe chain dance, which is of So...