Located in the Northeast Atlantic, the Faroe Islands comprise 18 small islands, characterised by steep cliffs, tall mountains, narrow fjords – and a population of 50,000. The language, Faroese, derives from Old Norse, that was the spoken by Norsemen who settled the Faroe Islands 1200 years ago.
Through the centuries, the Faroese have defied the harsh nature and living conditions. Enduring today is a nation in which the living standard is one of the highest in the world. A highly industrial economy mainly based on fisheries and aquaculture continues to flourish, while a Nordic welfare model ensures everyone the opportunity to explore his or her own potential. Faroese maritime expertise is widely renowned and the Faroe Islands export seafood to all six continents.
Faroe Islands are a self-governing nation with extensive autonomous powers and responsibilities within the Kingdom of Denmark.
Positioned strategically between Europe and North America, the Faroe Islands are only a couple of hours’ flight from the metropolitan centres in Northern Europe. Upon arrival, the scenery renders visitors a ravishing natural experience in a highly industrial society with advanced infrastructure and digital networks.
Centuries of relative isolation have resulted in the preservation of ancient traditions that to this day shape life in the Faroe Islands. The unique mixture of traditional and modern culture characterises the Faroese society, constituting a strong sense of local community and an active outlook as a globalized Nordic nation.
There is a thriving and growing research culture in the Faroe Islands with several institutes, labora-tories, museums and private companies working on original research projects. Faroese research-ers participate in many international networks, and the Faroese research and innovation landscape is to a large extent anchored in international partner-ships.
The maritime expertise of the Faroese is widely renowned. Strategically located on the gateway to the high Arctic the Faroe Islands are in an ideal position as a maritime hub in the Northeast Atlantic, also in terms of traffic from the North-east passage.
In the Faroe Islands the foundation of the education system rests on the belief that education is a universal right. Hence, schooling on all levels, for every Faroese citizen, is free of charge.
The fourth Faroese Licensing Round for Hydrocarbon Exploration in Faroese continental shelf opened in May 17 2017 and will close on February 17 2018.
Faroe Islands - Unspoiled, Unexplored & Unbelievable - An important new player in the Faroese economy is the tourism industry. Tourism in the Faroe Islands is growing like never before. In January, 2013, Visit Faroe Islands launched a new strategy for Faroese tourism. An assessment of the strategy’s impact during the past years clearly shows that the results so far are very good.