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Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a European archipelago in the northern Atlantic Ocean, settled by Scandinavians since the early Middle Ages, and changing ownership by Scandinavian monarchies several times.

Politically, the Faroe Islands are a part of the modern day kingdom of Denmark, as an autonomous self-governing territory. In terms of status, think “British crown dependency”. This has led to the curious development that the Faroe Islands are not a part of the European Union, unlike continental Denmark.

Though Faroe Islanders are a fairly small society of just a few tens of thousands of people, the small country has seen plenty of development in the second half of the 20th century and the early 21st century. The native language is Faroese, closer to early medieval Norwegian dialects than to Danish in terms of origin. This is quite similar to Icelandic, which developed along similar lines.

Nowadays, the islanders make a living from fishing, agriculture, tourism and services. Though the Faroe Islands are almost treeless and small enough that nearly no settlement is landlocked, they have some stunning natural vistas and several preserved historical landmarks.


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