Portal:Faroe Islands

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Vælkomin! The Faroe Islands (Faroese: Føroyar, Danish: Færøerne) are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland. The total area is approximately 1,400 km² (540 sq mi) with a 2010 population of almost 50,000.

The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing dependency of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. Over the years, the Faroese have been granted control of some matters. Areas that remain the responsibility of Denmark include military defence, police, justice, currency and international relations.

The Faroe Islands were politically associated with Norway until 1380, when Norway entered the Kalmar Union with Denmark and Sweden, which gradually evolved into Danish control of the islands. This association ceased in 1814 when Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden, while Denmark retained control of Norwegian colonies including the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. The Faroe Islands have two representatives on the Nordic Council as members of the Danish delegation.

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One of two stamps issued by Postverk Føroya on 18 May 1998, produced by Edward Fuglø.
Ólavsøka is a national holiday of the Faroe Islands, celebrated on July 29. It is the day when Løgting, the Faroese Parliament, opens its session.

The literal meaning is “Saint Olaf’s Wake” (vigilia sancti Olavi in Latin), from Saint Olaf’s death at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 (see Olsok), but the Løgting predates this event. Like several other Faroese holidays, the vøka begins the evening before, so Ólavsøka always starts on July 28 with an opening ceremony.

Ólavsøka is the day of the year when many Faroese crowd into the capital Tórshavn. There the national rowing competition finals are held, which is one of the highlights in Faroese sports. In addition, there are art exhibitions, folk music, and Faroese chaindance performances.

The salute for Ólavsøka in Faroese is Góða Ólavsøku! (Good St. Olaf's Wake!).

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Kaj Leo Johannesen
Kaj Leo Johannesen (born 28 August 1964 in Streymoy, Faroes) was the Faroese prime ministerfrom 2008 to 2015, representing the Faroese Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin). He took office, succeeding Jóannes Eidesgaard on 26 September 2008. Before becoming Prime Minister, Johannesen was a member of the City Council of Tórshavn 1997-2000, representing the Faroese Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin).

Johannesen is also a former international football player; he got 4 full international caps for the Faroe Islands national football team in 1991-1992, including one in Euro-92 and two in World Cup-94 qualifiers. He was reserve goalkeeper in more than 20 international matches in the period between 1989 and 1995 and holds the record for playing most matches for the football club HB Tórshavn.

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Scenery from Hvalba, on the southernmost island of Suðuroy
Credit: Erik Christensen

Scenery from Hvalba, on the southernmost island of Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands. Shown in the foreground is a flock of Faroes sheep and just visible in the background is the island of Lítla Dímun.

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