Faroe Islands. During the year, Denmark and the Faroe
Islands were in conflict with Norway and Iceland for 88,000
km² 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.
Geography and population
The total land area of the Faroe Islands is 1,399
square kilometers, spread over 18 inhabited and a number of
uninhabited islands and islands. On the main island of
Streymoy lies the capital Tórshavn with about 20,000
The high, forestless rocky islands are intersected by
many narrow fjords and sound. Here are some of the world's
highest headlands. The highest point, Slęttaratindur (882 m
asl), lies on the island of Eysturoy.
The climate is humid with many rainy days and it is often
foggy. The average temperature is 3 plus degrees in January
and 10 plus degrees in July.
At the beginning of 2016, the number of inhabitants was
48,700. The Faroese language is related to Icelandic but has
been influenced by, among other things, Danish. There is a
rich literary tradition, from tales and medieval songs to
modern poetry and prose. In 1914 JHO Djurhuus published the
first collection of poems in Faroese. Two prominent Faroese
writers, the cousins Jörgen-Frantz Jakobsen and William
Heinesen, chose to write in Danish and received a large
circle of readers outside the Faroe Islands. Among many
other authors are Hedin Brś. The art of painting is also
highly regarded, and Samuel Joensen Mikines (1906 - 1979)
was one of the best painters in the Nordic countries.
The language of instruction in the schools is Faroese
with Danish as the first foreign language and English as the
second. After primary school, there are three colleges to
choose from, as well as folk high school and various
vocational schools. In 1990, the Faroe Islands Academy was
granted university status. It has about 500 students, but
most Faroese who want a university education study in
Religion plays a somewhat larger role than in Denmark and
the church is more conservative than the Danish state church
from which it was separated in 2007.
In the islands there are two nationwide newspapers,
Sosialurin and the bourgeois Dimmalętting. The latter went
bankrupt after 135 years in 2013, but resurfaced in 2014 as
a weekly newspaper. They both have Internet editions. There
is also radio and TV.