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The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are situated in the North Atlantic 430 km south-east of Iceland, 600 km west of Norway and a good 300 km north of Scotland.
The Faroes consist of 18 islands, of which 17 are inhabited. The geography and topography of the islands make transport and communication difficult. All Faroese towns and villages have electricity, of which two-thirds is produced in thermal plants (oil) and one-third in hydroelectric plants.
The Faroes experienced a massive emigration in 1994 corresponding to 4.4% of the population, resulting in a population decline of 3.7%.
The Faroese descend from Norwegian settlers who (circa 800) replaced an Irish settlement. After the introduction of absolute monarchy in Denmark in 1660 the Faroe Islands became more and more governed from Copenhagen.
The end of the 19th century saw the emergence of a Faroese national movement that sought to protect Faroese language and culture against a growing Danish influence.
When the war ended in 1945 a return to county status was ruled out. Following protracted negotiations, agreement was finally reached in 1948, the Faroes became a self-governing community "within the Kingdom of Denmark".
The areas that have completely taken over by the Faroese include communications, culture and industry. Education, health and social services are joint affairs for which the Home Government has assumed the administrative responsibility.
The economy of the Faroe Islands is overwhelmingly dependent upon fisheries. Fishing, fish farming and fish processing account for a quarter of the gross factor income and almost 100% of exports.
The Faroese language is a Nordic language closely related to Icelandic and to the dialects of Western Norway. Faroese is recognised as the official language, but Danish may also be used in all official connections and is taught in schools.
The Faroe Islands have taken part in all the Island Games to date, and were one of the founder members when the Island Games Association was instituted in the Isle of Man during the First Games there in 1985. Popular sports include football, handball, rowing (in typical Faroese boats), volleyball, table-tennis, badminton, gymnastics, swimming and judo.
Medals in 2007 Games in Rhodes
Medals in 2005 Games in Shetland
Medals in 2003 Games in Guernsey
last updated: 24/06/2009 at 16:30