People

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The Faroese people = hospitality

The Faroese people are closely linked to their traditional way of life. This means that you will find the Faroese very hospitable. There has always been a tradition of helping each other, of inviting people in and offering food and company.

As a small island country in a big world, one needs to be innovative and willing to accommodate new things. The Faroese speak both English and Danish very well and therefore have ample opportunity to cooperate internationally, to learn and to travel abroad.

In this way, the Faroese population is both closely linked to traditions and prepared for the new.


A Faroese evening

Since ancient times it has been common for the family to sit and work by candlelight in the living room. The wool had to undergo numerous processes for it to be used to make clothing. To make the job and evening a little better, they told each other stories. Legends and myths were vividly told, and they sang songs together and for each other. In this way they got the job done, while the oral tradition was brought forward from ear to ear. The Faroese have always had a tradition of gathering to cultivate family, work, and cultural heritage.


The Faeroe Islands - Sports and culture

Football and rowing are especially popular in the Faroe Islands. Rowing is officially the islands' national sport, and you can experience the youth training throughout the spring until the Olaifest in Tórshavn, where the major championship will be held.

In all respectable villages you will find a football field. In some places the ball goes into the sea if the kick is off, but the pitch is there. The Faroe Islands have their own national team and is quite successful in spite of its very small population, even though they obviously don’t stand a chance against the big teams.


Animals and people in the Faroe Islands

The Faroese have developed methods for hunting and fishing through the ages. They have made themselves proficient in retrieving birds' eggs from cliff ledges at heights of several hundred meters and catching flying birds in nets. They have cared for their sheep and herded them in at the end of summer.

They have paddled out in small wooden boats to fish for their own use, and to barter for other necessities such as grain and sugar. Working as a fisherman in the cruel and changeable weather could be dangerous, and a good knowledge of the sea, weather and rocks has been essential.

Hunting in the Faroe Islands has always been about collaboration. The children have been taught by their parents, and have been taken along from childhood and in that way become a part of the daily work.

Today, fishing is still the most important industry in the Faroe Islands and Faroese fish and shellfish have a fine international reputation because of high quality.