Nation profile

Faroe Islands
Føroyar

General information
Population
48,351 inhabitants (2011 census)
Area
1,399 km²
Institutions
Parliament (Løgting), government
Major cities
Tórshavn, Klaksvík, Hoyvík
Administració estatal
Kingdom of Denmark
Territorial languages
Faroese
Official languages
Faroese and Danish
Major religion
Christian (Protestant)
National day
29 july (Saint Olaf Day)

Politics

Capital: Tórshavn
Prime minister: Aksel V. Johannesen, Social Democratic Party (since 2015)
Provincial system: autononomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark
Distribution of seats in parliament (2015 election): 33 members:
Social Democratic Party (soft unionism, social democrat) - 8
Republic (pro-independence, left-of-centre) - 7
People's Party (pro-independence, liberal-conservative) - 6
Union Party (unionist, liberal-conservative) - 6
Progress (pro-independence, liberal) - 2
Centre Party (pro-independence, christian democrat) - 2
New Self-Government (soft pro-independence, social liberal) - 2
Electoral system: Proportional system with a single electoral district that covers the entire archipelago.
Government: Tripartite coalition made up of the Social Democratic Party, Republic and Progress
Degree of self-government
The Faroese have enjoyed a fair amount of political autonomy since 1948, when Denmark granted it to them to prevent the archipelago from declaring independence.
Observations
The government coalition formed in September 2015 comitted itself to start a constitution-making process for the Faroes. The Faroese Constitution should recognize the islands' right to self-determination, while further powers should be devolved by Denmark.

Links

Government
Faroese Parliament www.logting.fo
Faroese Prime Minister www.tinganes.fo
Political parties
Website of Republic www.tjodveldi.fo
Website of the Union Party www.samband.fo
Website of the People’s Party www.folkaflokkurin.fo
Website of the Social Democratic Party www.j.fo
Website of the Centre Party www.midflokkurin.fo
Website of Progress www.framsokn.fo
Website of New Self-Government www.sjalvstyri.fo
Language and Culture
Málradid (Faroese Language Board) malrad.fo
Faroese-other languages dictionary sprotin.fo/dictionaries_dictionary.php
Media
Kringvarp Føroya, Faroese public broadcaster kvf.fo
Dimmalætting, island’s oldest newspaper (in Faroese) www.dimma.fo
Sosialurin, Faroese newspaper www.sosialurin.fo
Vikublaðið, Faroese weekly www.vikublad.fo