Timeline of Faroese history

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This is a timeline of Faroese history comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in Iceland and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see history of the Faroe Islands.


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The early details of the history of the Faroe Islands are unclear. It is possible that Brendan, an Irish monk, sailed past the islands during his North Atlantic voyage in the 6th century. He saw an 'Island of Sheep' and a 'Paradise of Birds,' which some say could be the Faroes with its dense bird population and sheep. This does suggest however that other sailors had got there before him, to bring the sheep. Norsemen settled the Faroe Islands in the 9th century or 10th century. The islands were officially converted to Christianity around the year 1000, and became a part of the Kingdom of Norway in 1035. Norwegian rule on the islands continued until 1380, when the islands became part of the dual Denmark–Norway kingdom, under king Olaf II of Denmark.

Tórshavn Capital of the Faroe Islands

Tórshavn, usually locally referred to as simply Havn, is the capital and largest city of the Faroe Islands. It is in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy. To the northwest of the city lies the 347-meter-high (1,138 ft) mountain Húsareyn, and to the southwest, the 350-meter-high (1,150 ft) Kirkjubøreyn. They are separated by the Sandá River. The city itself has a population of 19,165 (2019), and the greater urban area has a population of 21,078.

Løgting Unicameral parliament of the Faroe Islands

The Løgting is the unicameral parliament of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous territory within the Danish Realm.

Norðragøta Village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Norðragøta, also just referred to as Gøta is a village on Eysturoy, Faroe Islands.

Kirkjubøur Village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Kirkjubøur is the southernmost village on Streymoy, Faroe Islands. The village is located on the south-west coast of Streymoy and has a view towards the islands of Hestur and Koltur towards the west, and to Sandoy towards the south. It lies south of the new ferry port of Gamlarætt, which opened in 1993.

Ormurin Langi

Ormurin Langi is a Faroese folk ballad. It was written in ca. 1830 by Jens Christian Djurhuus.

Helena Patursson Faroese actress and writer

Súsanna Helena Patursson was a Faroese actress and writer, and the first political feminist in the country, particularly stressing the need for all Faroers to be able to write and learn Faroese properly. She also wrote the first play in the Faroese language. Her brothers Sverri Patursson and Jóannes Patursson were also well-known.

Kirkjubøargarður Farm with wooden houses dating back to the 11th century

Kirkjubøargarður is one of the oldest still inhabited wooden houses in the world, if not the oldest. The farm itself has always been the largest in the Faroe Islands.

Catholic Church in the Faroe Islands

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Hans Pauli Olsen Faroese sculptor

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Church of the Faroe Islands State church of the Faroe Islands

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Faroe Islands and the European Union Bilateral relations

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Jóannes Patursson Faroese nationalist leader and poet

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Þuríðr Þorkilsdóttir sometimes anglicized as Thurid was a powerful, influential woman in the Faroe Islands during the Viking Age.

National Museum of the Faroe Islands Museum of the Faroe Islands

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Faroese independence movement Political movement seeking independence of the Faroe Islands from Denmark

The Faroese independence movement, or the Faroese national movement, is a political movement which seeks the establishment of the Faroe Islands as a sovereign state outside Denmark. Reasons for complete autonomy include the linguistic and cultural divide between Denmark and the Faroe Islands as well as their lack of proximity to one another; the Faroe Islands are about 990 km from Danish shores.

Education in the Faroe Islands Overview of education in the Faroe Islands

The levels of education in the Faroe Islands are primary, secondary and higher education. Most institutions are funded by the state; there are few private schools in the country. Education is compulsory for 9 years between the ages of 7 and 16.

Sverri Patursson

Sverri Patursson (1871–1960) was a Faroese writer, author, and journalist. He was also a translator, ornithologist and environmentalist.

Saint Olavs Church, Kirkjubøur Medieval church in the village of Kirkjubøur in Streymoy, Faroe Islands

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