Føroyar eru oyggjaland í Norðuratlantshavi. Íbúgvarnir verða nevndir føroyingar, og tungumálið er føroyskt. Føroyska flaggið verður nevnt Merkið og føroyska skjaldarmerkið ímyndar ein veðr á bláum skjøldri.
The Faroe Islands or simply Faroes (From the Faroese Føroyar, meaning "Sheep Islands") are a group of islands in Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from ► Iceland to ► Norway, north to ► Scotland. They have been an autonomous region of the Kingdom of ► Denmark since 1948. The Faroese have, over the years, taken control of most matters except defence (they have a small organized native military in Mjørkadalur, including a small police force and coast guard) and foreign affairs, which are the responsibility of Denmark. The Faroes have close traditional ties to Iceland, Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland.
► Danish autonomous region, Danish since 1380, present status since 1948
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day the Faroe Islands, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day the Faroe Islands.
The Faroe Islands are inhabited by Norwegian colonists during the Viking period. It officially becomes a possesion of Norway in 1035. Denmark seizes the Faroe Islands in 1380 and annexes them to Denmark. This maps shows the islands as part of the Denmark dominated Kalmar Union in the 16th century). In 1655 Danish king gives the islands as a feudal estate to the von Gabel family, but in 1709 the island become a Danish crown possession again. Denmark adminisers the islands from 1720 as part of Iceland and from 1776 as part of Sjælland county.
The Faroe Islands have autonomy and even an own parliament. In 1816 the autonomy is abandoned although the islands become become a separate county as the Faroe Islands. From 1940-1945 the islands are under British occupation. In 1948 the Faroe Islands gain internal self-government.
This section holds copies of original general maps older than 70 years of this entry.
"Færoarum - Prima & accurata delineatio". Map by Lucas Debes 1673, the first known detailed map of the Faroes
Isoglosses in the Faroese language
Notes and references
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