Faroe Islands. During the year, Denmark and the Faroe
Islands were in conflict with Norway and Iceland for 88,000
kmē in the North Atlantic, an area twice the size of
Denmark's land area. In the Danish and Faroese view, the
area belongs to the Danish national community, but the
conflict must be decided in the UN Commission on the Law of
In May, the Lagting voted down a proposal that assault
and assault would be more severely punished if the crime had
to do with skin color, belief, ethnic background or sexual
orientation. Republicans were the only party to vote in
favor. In 2006, as the last country in Europe, the Faroe
Islands adopted a ban on discrimination against homosexuals.
During the year, politicians worked on a proposal for
their own constitution. The law will allow the Faroese to
decide what relationship the kingdom should have to Denmark,
continued so-called national community or independence.
According to the plans, the Faroese will take a position on
the Constitution in a referendum in 2010.