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    Yes. They see themselves as an ethnic group, the outside sees them as an ethnic group, they have an own language, culture et cetera. What is missing?

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    Here is a alternative picture. From the streets in Tórshavn in the national day.
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    Personally, the more acquainted I get with Faroese music and culture, the more I like it and consider it precious and worthy of preservation

    Funny story:

    I play in a silly online song contest with players from all over the world. Each player picks a country to represent from the "available countries" list, and then one has to pick an artist from that country and submit a song in the form of a Youtube video.

    It's like the Eurovision contest, only global, really silly and really fun, also interesting as one gets to know local artists from different countries.

    At some point the players became too many and there were not enough countries for everyone.

    So the game administrator created new positions for the Faroe Islands, Åland Islands and Greenland, but those were supposed to "borrow" songs from their "mother countries" (Denmark and Finland).

    I instantly dropped the country I was playing with and picked the Faroe Islands! I thought that was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the country but also make it known to others as well.

    The administrator expected me to submit a Danish song, but I specified I will be submitting Faroese artists only.

    He was like "what do you mean, Faroese music? Do the Faroese make music? "
    and I laughed and sent him a beautiful song by Eivør which did marvellously, passed the semi-finals and climbed on the top 10 in the final

    The other players were also stunned to see that the Faroe Islands have their own musicians, and great musicians at that!
    Next I submitted a song from the rock band "The Dreams" and I have managed to compile a long list of artists to choose from, for the next game rounds

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    Thank you very much for sharing that story Blood Axis
    Well yeah we have many bands. Of course we have.

    I think that many foreigners tend to be a bit mislead about Faroe Islands. When I seek the internet then it turns out that I often see traditional houses of Faroe Islands depicted, it´s seldom when I read online articles about Faroe Islands that I think that they are spot on. I also see lot of Old Faroese depicted.

    Faroe Islands is not a primitive country with nature people.

    Sometimes foreigners see pictures such as this http://www.phototravels.net/faroe-is...lanes-55.2.jpg And assume that such houses are normal.. But such houses are not used by people!

    This is a more realistic view over the building style. This is Klaksvík. The second largest city. This is the most common building styles both in Tòrshavn and of all the villages.
    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/146/4...e77e8ab96e.jpg

    Otherwise, I think that we Faroese are way too passive when it comes to branding our country unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood_Axis View Post
    Next I submitted a song from the rock band "The Dreams" and I have managed to compile a long list of artists to choose from, for the next game rounds
    I suppose TÝR could always be an option, too. Heavier than most will like it, but considering that their second album became the best-selling album in the Faroes in 2005, I suppose it's not that "out of the boundaries". Lest of course, you're talking more classical or so.

    I remember for the "NoFo-Vision" contest in 2007 I submitted Tyr's "Regin Smidur" (in the absence of Faroese members to do so), and it took the grande price of Pos. #1.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    The Faroese are a distinct ethnic group for certain.
    They aren't Danish and not even the Danes think so.
    The Faroes are an autonomous province of Denmark.
    Usually the autonomous provinces have distinct ethnic groups.

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    Yes, they are a distinct group.
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    I was not very familiar with them, until' reading this thread, but they do seem to have a very rich heritage, history, and legacy. I am very impressed by their architecture.

    The Faroe Islands were one of the last territories on the planet to be discovered and populated. The first settlers are said to have been Irish monks who arrived in the year 700 and something, there are no signs of people having lived here before that so the birds had it to themselves. Norsemen arrived in the early 800's. For the first 200 years or so Faroes was a free country but it then came under foreign power - first Norway and then Denmark.

    During the Second World War, when the Germans occupied Denmark, Faroes helped feed Britain by sailing there with fish; they sailed under the new Faroese flag called Merkið, which the British officially recognised.

    There had been a strong movement for independence for many years and in 1946 a referendum was held and the majority chose independence. This caused concern in Denmark and the Danish government dissolved the Parliament. A new Parliament was elected in which there was not a majority for independence. In 1948 the Danish Parliament passed the Home Rule Act making Faroes a self-governing state inside the Danish Kingdom. The Act recognised the Faroese flag and the Faroese language.

    In recent times, the number of people wanting independence for their nation has increased considerably and in 1998 the Parliamentary elections resulted in a coalition taking power whose main promise was to set in motion a process towards full sovereignty. That process is now underway despite changes in the parliament.

    Retrieved From:http://www.framtak.com/info/fo_flag.html


    Faroese (føroyskt, pronounced [ˈføːɹɪst] or [ˈføːɹɪʂt]), often also spelled Faeroese (cf. Merriam-Webster, which prefers this spelling), is a West Nordic or West Scandinavian language spoken by 48,000 people in the Faroe Islands and about 25,000 Faroese in Denmark and elsewhere. It is one of three insular Scandinavian languages descended from the Old Norse language spoken in Scandinavia in the Viking Age, the others being Icelandic and the extinct Norn, which is thought to have been mutually intelligible with Faroese. Icelandic and Faroese are not mutually intelligible in speech, but the written languages resemble each other quite closely.

    Full Article:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroese_language
    The Faroese or Faroe Islanders (Føroyingar) are the people of the Faroe Islands in Northern Europe of Celtic and Norse origins.[4] About 21,000 Faroese live in neighbouring countries, particularly in Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

    The Faroese language is a West Nordic language, closely related to Icelandic and more distantly to western Norwegian dialects.

    The first colonists were Gaelic hermits and monks who arrived in the 6th century.

    Later from around 650 the Norse-Gaels came and brought Norse culture and language to the islands. Little is known about this period, thus giving room for speculation. A single source mentions early settlement, the Icelandic Færeyinga Saga. It was written somewhere around 1200, and it explains events taking place about 300 years earlier. According to the saga, many Norsemen objected the Norwegian king's unification politics and thus fled to other countries, including the new found places in the west.

    Historians have understood since the time of the Færeyinga Saga that the Viking Grímur Kamban was the first settler in the Faroes. The Norwegians must have known about the isles before leaving Norway. If Grímur Kamban had settled some time earlier, this could explain the Norwegians knowing about them. Anorther and more logical explanation might be that the Norwegians became to know about the islands by the Gaels of Scotland and Ireland.

    While Grímur is an Old Norse first name, Kamban indicates a Celtic origin. Thus he could have been a man from Ireland, Western Isles or Isle of Man, where the Vikings already had settlements. Some place names from the oldest settlements on the Faroes suggest that some of the settlers perhaps came from the Scottish islands and the British coast.

    Recent DNA analyses have revealed that Y chromosomes, tracing male descent, are 87% Scandinavian.[5] The studies show that mitochondrial DNA, tracing female descent, is 84% Scottish / Irish.[6]

    Retrieved From:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroese_people


    The new church in Toftir is called "Fríðríkskirkjan", after Dean Fríðrikkur Petersen.
    It is considered by many as an architectural masterpiece. The church has, for example, an altarpiece, communion table, and pulpit, which are made of Swedish granite. The baptismal font is of Faroese stone. The lighting was especially designed for the church by the Faroese architect Høgni Larsen. This is a very interesting church and definitely worth a visit.

    Retrieved From:http://www.framtak.com/eysturoy/places/churches.html


    The earliest known inhabitants were Celtic. In the 8th cent. A.D. the islands were settled by Norsemen. In the early 11th cent. they became part of the kingdom of Norway and were Christianized. The population was nearly wiped out by an outbreak of black plague in the 14th cent. and was soon after replaced by Norwegian settlers. Along with Norway, the Faeroes passed under Danish rule in 1380, and they remained Danish after the Treaty of Kiel (1814) transferred Norway from the Danish to the Swedish crown. A nationalist movement in the 19th cent. led to the revival of Faeroese, a language akin to Icelandic, and there is an extensive native literature.

    In World War II, Great Britain established (1940) a protectorate over the islands after the German occupation of Denmark. After the war there was considerable sentiment for full independence, and following a plebiscite in 1946, the islands' parliament proclaimed independence. The Danish king dissolved the Lagting, and after a new parliament was elected, the proclamation was reversed. However, in 1948 the Faeroese obtained home rule from Denmark. Since 1953 they have sent two representatives to the Danish parliament. The Faeroes did not join the European Community (EC; now the European Union) with Denmark in 1972 because it would have opened their fishing waters to other EC members. In 1977 the fishing limit was extended to 200 nautical mi (370 km). Sentiment in favor of independence remains strong among many islanders.

    Retrieved From:http://www.answers.com/topic/faroe-islands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    I suppose TÝR could always be an option, too. Heavier than most will like it, but considering that their second album became the best-selling album in the Faroes in 2005, I suppose it's not that "out of the boundaries". Lest of course, you're talking more classical or so.

    I remember for the "NoFo-Vision" contest in 2007 I submitted Tyr's "Regin Smidur" (in the absence of Faroese members to do so), and it took the grande price of Pos. #1.
    Heck, their newest album "By the Light of the Northern Star" even charted in Germany. Was only for one week though and they were number 88, but it's still a chart position, and the highest any Faroese band has had outside the Nordic countries. (AFAIK, at least).

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    The Faroese are certainly a distinct ethnic group not to be confused with others. However, there's been an enormous Danish influence, many of them bear Danish or Danicised names, their colloquial language is full of Danish words and expressions, almost 1/3 of the whole Faroese nation lives in Denmark and many of those who stay at home have lived and/or studied in Denmark previously. However, despite such a strong influence from Denmark they do preserve their identity and culture.

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