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Thread: Do You Believe the Faroese Constitute a Distinct Ethnic Group?

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    Okay, almost everyone here points out that the Faeroese people aren't Danish... But that's already pretty obvious since they're all descended from Norwegian settlers (and Celts), not Danish. I would be more interested in finding out if anyone would consider them a type of Norwegian, or if everyone considers them an ethnic group in their own right. They're really not that different from the mainland Norwegians, and share a lot of common traits. So, Norwegian or not?

    Oh, and saying that they're a people of their own just because their language is very different from standard Norwegian is not a good argument. For instance, here in Sweden we have Dalecarlian, the dialect group of the province Dalecarlia, which in its northern dialects are completely unintelligible to anyone else in Sweden (I actually understand Faeroese better than northern Dalecarlian). No one is claiming that Dalecarlians aren't Swedish.

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    Centuries of isolation, your own language, your own unique customs existing nowhere else on the planet, such as their rich dancing tradition...how much more does a nation need to do to proof they are a separate ethnic group? I cannot understand why they have not become an independent nation a long time ago. They got far more resources than Denmark, and therefore most likely a much brighter future ahead of them, so being under Danish control makes absolutely no sense for them.

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    Faroese Ethnicity

    Quote Originally Posted by Jónurin View Post
    We (the Faroese) are not Danish. No-one who is Faroese would say so. Not even the loyalists. Sometimes though, it's useful to pretend to be Danish, because it means I can have a Danish passport and avoid paying for a visa when travelling to e.g. Britain.
    There you have it. The native population thinks itself distinct. Although they like to think of themselves as "Danish" on occasion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wittwer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jónurin View Post
    We (the Faroese) are not Danish. No-one who is Faroese would say so. Not even the loyalists. Sometimes though, it's useful to pretend to be Danish, because it means I can have a Danish passport and avoid paying for a visa when travelling to e.g. Britain.
    There you have it. The native population thinks itself distinct. Although they like to think of themselves as "Danish" on occasion...
    This is not a valid argument. If it was, then anyone feeling X ethnic group would belong to X ethnic group, and you won't have to think very long to see why this is faulty.

    However I do agree that the Faeroese people are distinct. Racially, not anymore than danes, norwegians and swedes are, and culturally not much either. But they have maintained their own traditions to a much larger degree, and this is the main factor in distinguishing the faeroese from the rest of Scandinavia.

    This is based on my own observations and interactions.
    I won't debate against scottish DNA strains, as it seems likely, but considering how much of the Anglo-Saxon gene pool originates in Northern Europe, particularly Scandinavia, then it seems well within reason to consider Faeroese as Scandinavian as Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

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    Unfortunately, "ethnic" has two distinct meanings that can be convincingly argued in one direction or the other, so many of the arguments I'm reading here are based on semantic disagreements. But essentially, since the majority of Faroese are Faroese by lineage, and certainly not genotypically Danish (last I checked), combined with relatively low immigration... and Faroese by ethnolinguistic type, the Faroese veritably represent a distinct ethnic group.

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