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“Couch Surfing has made me a richer person in many ways”

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Welcome to the Faroe Islands! Editor Gunnar Skúvadal gunnar@local.fo

If you read these lines, chances are you have picked up a copy of our last local.fo printed issue. And if you have done so, chances are you are either a tourist visiting our islands or a foreigner living here, for the time

being, as a casual worker, or for good having moved here to start a family together with a local.

boo­m­ing. Many big projects,

nies expanding their facili-

under 1300 non-nordic for-

financed by the government,

ties to answer the growing

eigners living in the Faroe

are either in pipeline or well

demand for Faroese salm-

Islands. Through all times,

We trust that you will find

underway, i.e. investments

on. Or, indeed, the growing

foreigners living here have

some things of interest in

in

tourism.

contributed hugely. Or, as

the paper, but also want

the proverb says, no one

you to consider a visit to

public

infrastructure

to our limited genetic pool.

Whatever being the case

such as submerged tunnels,

and circumstances we want

connecting the islands, or

In past times, immigration

lives in the Faroe Islands

our website, www.local.fo

you to feel welcome, and

better and bigger harbour

matters have been han-

for practical reasons. For-

for your daily news from the

also you should know that

facilities for the growing

dled by Denmark. Today

eigners here are full or re-

Faroe Islands.

you are part of a number

number of cargo- and pas-

foreigners in the Faroes

sources, enriching our cul-

that has been growing rap-

senger vessels, setting their

are a Faroese matter. And

tural life, being part of the

idly in later years.

course our way. Or being it

according to the Faroese

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private enterprise such as

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Current government determined to introduce language and culture citizenship test for new would-be Faroe Islanders Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

ment plans to set linguistic

chelsen, according to Kring-

and cultural requirements

varp Føroya.

for newcomers. As of January 2019, 1488 Poul Michelsen is the leader

non-Nordic citizens resided

The present government of

of Framsókn (Progress), a lib-

in the Faroe Islands, rep-

the Faroe Islands is apparent-

eral party he and others es-

resenting 98 countries, ac-

ly determined to introduce a

tablished in 2011.

counting for 2,9% of the to-

new Faroese language and

tal population. Philippines,

culture course and make it

According to Mr. Michelsen,

Thailand, Romania, and Po-

mandatory for anyone seek-

simply having a new inte-

land are the top four largest

ing permanent residency.

gration law is not enough to

groups represented in the

solve the challenges of immi-

Faroe Islands.

A new integration policy, or-

gration.

chestrated by foreign min-

That is according to Immigra-

ister Poul Michelsen, is cur-

“The entire Faroese society

rently

preparation,

is responsible for ensuring

and according to Kringvarp

a successful integration of

Føroya, the current govern-

newcomers,” said Mr. Mi-

under

tion.fo.

“You are a disgrace” – Ellie Goulding stuns Twitteratis with astonishing rant at Faroese undersea tunnel 32-year-old

Written by

time spent travelling.”

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Ms. Goulding was not exact-

2.2 kilometers long from the

ly amused by this news and,

main road at Rókini in Saltnes

thus, stated that “you (the

to the roundabout, and the

Faroe Islands) are a disgrace.”

distance from Sjógv at Stren-

English

singer

mid-bay. The tunnel will be

and songwriter Ellie Goulding

dur to the roundabout will be

appears to be disgusted by

So, what does she mean by

the news that “the work on

this? Perhaps she’s actually

the sub-sea Eysturoyartunnil

referring to the Grind.

is progressing very well.” In July, the Faroese govern-

about under the seabed at

1.7 kilometers. The main tunnel from Tórshavn to the roundabout will

Or maybe she doesn’t like

be 7.5 kilometers and will

tunnels…?

resurface by the village of

ment wrote on Twitter that

Hvítanes. In order to increase

“the work on the sub-sea Ey-

Eysturoyartunnilin will open

safety, no inclination in the

sturoyartunnil is progressing

to the public in December

tunnel is steeper than 5 per

very well,” adding that “the

2020. The tunnel will con-

cent and the lowest point is

aim of the Eysturoyartunnil

nect both sides of the bay of

187 meters below the water’s

is to create new business

Skálafjørður using two tun-

surface.

opportunities and to shorten

nels that connect to a round-


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The University of the Faroe Islands appoints Scottish professor as new rector Written by

eighteen

for

an outstanding track record

sion among employees, to

years,

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

the position. The Selection

applications

at multiple levels of higher

collaborate

external

spearheaded a remarkable

Committee

education

administration,

partners, and to strike the

development of the Univer-

including as Assistant and In-

right balance between think-

sity of the Faroe Islands with

The role as rector of the Uni-

terim Dean at the University

ing strategically and seeing

growing student numbers

versity of the Faroe Islands is

of the West of Scotland since

plans through with great

and research activity, as well

a five-year position with an

January 2016.

pragmatism.

as several new programmes.

option to extend for another

recommended

unanimously appointing

Prof Collins. The Board of the University

with

Dr

í

Jákupsstovu

of the Faroe Islands has an-

The new rector is Professor

nounced that it is appointing

of Applied Social Sciences

Prof Chik Collins from Scot-

and has published widely in

In its recommendation, the

Prof Collins will take on his

One of the new Rector’s first

land as rector for the next 5

Political Sociology and Lin-

Selection

em-

new role on September 1st,

tasks will be reviewing the

years.

guistics. Prof Collins is also

phasized that the new rector

2019, when Dr Sigurð í Ják-

University’s long-term strat-

a highly experienced re-

has demonstrated an ability

upsstovu will conclude his

egy in close collaboration

searcher and educator with

to foster support and cohe-

term. Over the last eight

with the Board, faculty, stu-

The

University

received

dent body and other stakeholders.

three years. Committee

“Working conditions are good, but you must learn the language to fit in” Written by

Several

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

pointed out, however, which

conditions

were

and their families.

ask. It would be a great help if they could get personal guid-

could make life easier and

The international research-

ance on formal and practical

better for international re-

ers also emphasized that it is

issues from a colleague for

searchers.

necessary to learn Faroese in

some time after arriving.

Working conditions and col-

order to function in the soci-

laboration possibilities in the

According to Gransking.fo,

ety but the language lessons

In general there is a need for

Faroe Islands are good, and

researchers from countries

offered are far too limited.

better information on practi-

the society is safe and gener-

outside the Nordic region

ally open. These were some

stated that regulations re-

They also mentioned that col-

and elsewhere. The research-

of the conclusions made by

garding work permits are

leagues at research institutes

ers pointed out that it is

international researchers at

too strict. It takes a long

are friendly and eager to help

sometimes difficult to know

a panel meeting organized

time to get a work permit,

if they ask for information

what you are expected to do

by EURAXESS Faroe Islands

and the waiting time is frus-

but it is not always easy to

as many things are implied in

on June 6th.

trating for the researchers

know who to ask or what to

the Faroe Islands.

cal issues at work, in schools


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Just can’t get enough of CouchSurfing. “CS has made me a richer person in many ways,” claims cosmopolitan Faroe Islander

fishing with my rowing boat

had had the same teachers

and got 63 fishes, of which we

as me during her studies in

handed out the most of it to

Aix-en-Provence

my neighbors in my street at

France), came into my world.

midnight – since most Faro-

Oh yes, the world surely is a

ese seem to stay up late and

small place! We did a lot of

do not lock their doors. One

things together: we had joy,

great thing Jérémie taught me

we had fun, we had seasons

was to make home made piz-

in the sun and we even invit-

za. He also has a blog about

ed my local friends over for

his world tour : https://stam-

breakfast and dinner. We had

mairlines.wordpress.com/

delicious whale meat and a

(Southern

rooster, whom I had known 7) Then one fine day, not too

since he initially came out of

long after, when I was half

the egg (see picture below) –

awake in my bed, a strang-

and obviously the fish that we

er entered my room, and I

had caught ourselves in my

talked to him in French (only

very own small rowing boat.

God knows why). I then woke up and found out, to my own

It felt like having founded a

amazement it has to be said,

utopian collective, and we

that I had had a traveler from

had lots and lots of fun. Isa-

London staying in my apart-

bel told me, that as a wom-

Written by

of my country. As a matter of

my French classes, and I

man crashed into my door.

ment over the weekend. This

an she had mainly stayed

Napoleon Smith ns@local.fo

fact, I actually feel that I have

found out that we knew the

Jérémie (36) from Bretagne

was on a Sunday afternoon.

with women, but since there

traveled around the world

same people from the tra-

was ending his 21-month

just by staying at home – oh,

ditional folk dance milieu in

non-stop world tour right in

Shamal was born and raised

the Faroes, she made an ex-

what a privilege.

Southern France.

my house (!). As a general

in this capital of this world

ception with me as she could

practice doctor, he was bored

and was working as a under-

see from my reviews (yes, I do

were so few female hosts in

Faroe Islanders are mostly

Some have, perhaps under-

Oh goodness me, the world is

of the luxury problems of his

ground train engineer, where

have some) that I was proba-

curious, hospitable and mod-

standably, asked me: “Na-

such a small place!

patients, and he then decided

he had to plan 30 years into

bly not a highly dangerous

ern people, who are using all

ples, why are you hosting

he wanted to travel around

the future. Shamal was a very

person.

kinds of social networking

people for free?”.

3) Later that month, Germa-

the world. He went to the

clever gentleman who asked

ny entered with Sandra (28)

following countries… (have

me lots of questions about

At the end of May, I then said

To answer that question, I will

from Stuttgart. We enjoyed

patience, please): Greenland,

everything. As other couch-

goodbye to Isabel, who went

do a short description of the

her cozy company, and I took

Iceland, Alaska, Canada, Ec-

surfers, he followed me in my

back to Germany. I needed

Even so, the hospitality-ori-

10 lovely guests I have hosted

her with me to a German

uador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Pa-

daily life, fed my chicken and

a break from hosting, so I

ented platform “CouchSurf-

since November 2018:

class, where the students

tagonia, Easter Islands, New

went to the swimming pool

changed my profile status, so

learnt about the topic of this

Zealand, India, Nepal, Tibet,

with me – one of the coziest

that I would not receive the

services on the internet to communicate with others.

ing” is still a relatively unknown concept among the

1) Tom from the Flemish re-

article. She helped me orga-

China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakh-

swimming pools in the en-

usual daily requests about

islanders. Write “Faroe Is-

gion of Belgium was my first

nize a cultural French eve-

stan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan,

tire world! Like Shamal said,

staying at my place – but, who

lands” on CouchSurfing and

“CouchSurfing experience”. I

ning.

Georgia,

“when in Rome, do as the Ro-

knows, I might be back online

a meagre 290 “local hosts”

chose to host him when I saw

mans do”.

soon. I just can’t get enough

will appear, of which perhaps

him lending a helping hand

4) In April, two lovely Swiss

only 30 or so are active users.

in the church café (Ebenezer,

sisters, Tina (23) and Ariane

Turkey,

Greece,

Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary,

of CouchSurfing, I guess.

Tórshavn). Tom could fit in

(25), spontaneously dropped

Finally, there is a great need

As for me, I joined the Couch-

everywhere with his smile

into my tiny apartment. I was

of living space in the Faroe

Surfing community last fall

and positive open-minded

actually busy preparing a

Islands currently – for Faro-

as I moved into my home-

spirit. He was a tall 24-year

friend’s wedding at the time,

ese locals and foreigners

made bachelor’s apartment.

old extreme sports teacher,

but Tina and Ariane were re-

alike. But perhaps we should

My motivation was to get

who used the long winter

ally sweet and cooked for me

learn from the old proverb,

company and receive French

periods for traveling around

while I was doing this. They

“When there is a room in our

and German speaking guests

the world – without using any

even attended the bachelor’s

hearts, there is House-room”.

that I would invite to my

money.

party and the wedding itself,

At least, I have learnt that the

where we had lots of fun

couchsurfing experience is

high school classes (yes, you guessed it right, I am a high

As a gifted scout he helped

long into the night. We spoke

something that cannot be cal-

school teacher) as an inspi-

me build a chicken house

German, and I tried to under-

culated in money, and it has

ration to our learning expe-

and garden for my family’s

stand their slightly different

certainly made me a richer

rience.

chicken and ducks. Like other

Swiss-German. Tina worked

person in many, many ways!

couchsurfers, Tom followed

with insurances and Ariane

Ever since my “CouchSurfing

me wherever I went and we

was a nurse, and together

baptism of fire” last Novem-

even organized a potato har-

they were traveling for two

Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, Liech-

8 & 9: As with hitchhiking, the

ing doesn’t have to be for

ber – a Belgian traveler whom

vesting party with my French

months before heading back

tenstein, Holland, Scotland,

excitement of meeting new

hosting only, but also for so

I met up with in my aunt’s

classes. Our deal from the

to the Swiss mountains.

Orkney

Shetland,

people creates a sort of de-

called “Meet Ups”, where you

café in a Tórshavn-based

start was to speak French all

Ireland,

pendency. Hence, I accepted

meet up with some of the in-

church, by the way (more on

the time, even if it was his

5) Geoffrey (28), with his 26 ki-

France, Switzerland, Germa-

two more couchsurfers, who

teresting people that come

him later) – I became more

second language after Dutch

logram wilderness backpack,

ny, Sweden, Norway (Lofo-

stayed partly at the same

into our country almost every

passed by and made me feel

ten), Sápmi, Finland, South

time.

day; I did this with a Mexi-

2) Camille, a 28 year old

like I was in France again (I

Africa,

cheese-making

vio-

used to study in France while

Czech Republic, Denmark…

First up was Isabel (28), a

Benjamin, who visited me

courageous and jumped into it, so to speak.

and

woman

(Please note that CouchSurf-

Northern

Islands, Ireland,

Slovakia, the

can Rodrigo and a French

My life immediately changed.

lin-playing

from

I was younger). Hydrobiology

and

beautiful

cheerful world-tour-traveler

at the high school “Glasir”

My small Faroese micro-cos-

Southern France, arrived in

was his specialty. I recorded

Faroe Islands, one of the hap-

from Germany and biolo-

in Tórshavn, as well as with

mos opened up to the great

the Faroe Islands early spring

his voice for a chapter of a

piest nations on planet Earth!

gy-and music teacher, who

two ethnologists, Emanuel

intercultural adventures that

through “Workaway”, anoth-

French novel, before he dis-

had met her true love in Alas-

(Switzerland) and Oliver (Den-

young backpackers brought

er international hospitality

appeared into the Faroese

This

ka.

mark), who wanted to meet a

with them.

service. She invited me to

mountains, where he lived

only been interrupted by his

her international carpentry

from all he could fish from

brother’s wedding in France,

Then, a few days later, Kar-

aforementioned

Indeed, they have all been

friends, who introduced me

the lakes and the sea.

and was affordable thanks to

en (24), a charmingly still

were young at age, Couch-

very helpful and made me

to the movement of “com-

both CouchSurfing and lots

French student at Oxford

surfing has no age limits.)

rediscover the true beauty

pagnons”. Camille came to

of hitchhiking. We went out

University, who apparently

6) In May, another French-

finally,

Poland,

loooooong

trip

had

local. Even though all of the travelers


9 Nordic

entrepreneur

makers to students – to

2019: Bondens Skafferi, Swe-

food

take sustainability beyond

den

the environment, to take

The winner is a link be-

it from the plate and be-

tween

yond.

and

producers, grocery

chefs

stores.

It

helps farmers to get their

Nordic food destination 2019:

products out on the mar-

Gimburlombini – Nólsoy, Faroe

ket and guarantees pro-

Islands

ducers a good price for

A small outer island of Nól-

their

Skafferi

soy has managed to get

highlights the importance

“on the radar” by involving

of food origin, quality and

the locals in tourism. The

seasonal variations.

local people use what the

products.

island has to offer in an inNordic food artisan 2019:

novative and modern way.

Ainoa Winery, Finland

In the past, people left the

The winner has filled a

island. Now, they are stay-

gap in Nordic cuisine, us-

ing and taking part in the

ing wild berries and other

storytelling about the des-

high

tination.

quality

ingredients

from the forests to make acclaimed

Nordic food for children and

accompany

youth 2019: Hävikki-battle –

and complement the food

Food waste – battle, Motiva

and create a purely Nordic

Oy, Finland

taste experience.

The winner has developed

internationally wines

that

a concept of teaching and

Innovative Faroe Islanders scoop two prices at Embla Food Awards 2019

Nordic food communicator

inspiring young people to

2019: Claus Meyer, Denmark

turn food waste into trea-

For decades, Claus Meyer

sure and share it on so-

has been an inspiration

cial media. By using every

for Danish food culture.

available asset and meet-

Committed to the New

ing young people in their

Nordic Kitchen Manifesto,

everyday lives, the con-

Meyer communicates with

cept provides knowledge

passion and energy about

and curious awareness for

local

lifelong learning by doing.

products,

sustain-

ability, inclusiveness and biodiversity.

The Embla Food Awards were launched by the six

Nordic food for the many

Nordic agricultural organ-

2019:

isations in 2017 as a way

Anne-Birgitte

Agger,

Denmark

of spreading knowledge of

The winner is a “machine

Nordic food.

Written by

Grøna Oyggin won the Nordic

Competition was tough, with

the challenging art of grow-

with a vision”, tirelessly

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

food producer category, while

up to seven nominations in

ing vegetables on the Faroe

advocating

Gimburlombini won the Nor-

each of the seven categories,

Islands, by developing a spe-

of providing public-sector

For more information visit www.

dic food destination category.

writes Norden.org.

cialised cultivation method

kitchens in a whole city

emblafoodaward.com/

for a harsh environment. The

with sustainable, healthy

the

mission

Innovative entrepreneurs from

The proud winners of the sec-

The winners were

availability of high quality lo-

meals

the Faroe Islands scooped two

ond Nordic Food Awards “Em-

Nordic food producer 2019:

cal produce has been import-

scratch. Always defending

prizes at the second Nordic

bla” were announced at a spe-

Grøna Oyggin, Faroe Islands

ant for the development of

the weak, she challenges

Food Awards “Embla”.

cial event in Reykjavik in June.

The winner has pioneered

Faroese gastronomy.

everyone – from decision

Please help us respect our beautiful nature, wildlife and the locals You will see signs with guidelines like these while travelling in the Faroe Islands. Following these simple yet essential guidelines will help to ensure an enjoyable and unforgettable journey.

RESPECT In Faroese: ‘Virðing’

Please have virðing for the privacy of homeowners in this neighbourhood.

The village of Saksun has only eight inhabitants and is one of the most visited sites in the Faroe Islands. Please be mindful and respect the residents’ privacy.

RESPECT In Faroese: ‘Virðing’

Please have virðing for the forces of nature. Mind the weather and be particularly careful when hiking in areas with loose stones and rocks. Be aware that the surface in this area might be slippery.

RESPECT In Faroese: ‘Virðing’

Please have virðing for the birdlife in this area by walking only on the designated path and by keeping your voice down. Grassy slopes, sea cliffs and the surrounding sea provide breeding and feeding habitat for an estimated 250,000 pairs of seabirds from 15 different species. For more information about birdlife, please scan code.

RESPECT In Faroese: ‘Virðing’

Please have virðing for the environment. Walk on designated paths and remember to bring your rubbish with you. Traveling on designated paths is intended to minimize the possibility of disturbing sheep, wildlife and nature as much as possible.

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Atlantic Airways plans to fly five times per week to Paris in 2020 Written by

The airline’s Airbus A319 air-

from all over the world who

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

craft will operate the route

would like to experience the

three times a week till the

Faroe Islands as a travel des-

end of September, followed

tination.

by 2 weekly flights until Last month, Atlantic Airways,

Christmas.

Jóhanna á Bergi, CEO of At-

the national airline of the

lantic Airways, said: “We are

Faroe Islands, started service

Flights between the Faroe

very excited about this new

between the Faroes and Par-

Islands and Paris are cur-

route from Paris as it will con-

is, Charles de Gaulle.

rently operated on Mondays,

nect the Faroe Islands to one

Wednesdays and Fridays.

of the biggest hubs in Europe

The inaugural flight was fully

and will give travelers from

booked, and the airline was

It is understood that Atlantic

all over the world a new and

quite naturally in a joyful

Airways plans to fly five times

much bigger gateway to our

mood as it offered its 170

per week to Paris in 2020.

beautiful islands. With flights

passengers a nice glass of

from Charles De Gaulle to

champagne and a delicious

Direct

flights

from

Paris

the Faroe Islands amongst

sandwich – as well as a clas-

Charles De Gaulle, coupled

our scheduled routes, we are

sic French Macaron. The new

with an interline cooperation

further connecting the Faroe

route was then formally cel-

between

Islands to the world, and the

ebrated at Paris, Charles de

and Air France, will greatly

Gaulle after the inaugural

increase the accessibility of

flight landed.

the Faroe Islands to travelers

Atlantic

Airways

world to the Faroe Islands.”


Image: Sverri Egholm

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SSL ferries need replacing Written by

“None of the ships, except

a sealed compartment and

Hans Gilstein Petersen hgp@local.fo

Teistin and Smyrilin, live up to

not into the rest of the ship.

current standards,” said Hil-

It is not uncommon for ships

mar Eliasen, CEO of SSL, in an

that are almost 40 years old

interview with Dagur og Vika.

to leak but when something

The ferry, Ternan, that sails

He noted the ferry is not suit-

like this happens it needs to

the

Tór-

able because it is too corrod-

be repaired immediately, SSL

shavn and Nólsoy, has been

ed, and it requires large ex-

reported on their website.

hauled up on the slipway for

penses to keep it up to date.

route

between

repairs for the second time this year.

An inspection made by ship In July, the crew of Ternan

engineers of Knud Johansen

noticed that the hull of the

in 2016 of the fleet of SSL re-

Most of the ships of the Na-

ferry had started leaking due

vealed that the Faroese fer-

heavier and finding replace-

maintenance. Hull inspec-

tional

ment parts for it is difficult.

tion was not on the checklist

Faroese

Eliasen explained.

Transport

to corrosion but there was

ries are marred by old age

Company (SSL) are in a bad

no imminent danger for crew

and do not fulfill the require-

when the ferry was on the

Spógvin

shape and need replacing,

or passengers because the

ments made of ferries today.

Only three months have

slipway in April: “Other work

while the latter was out of ser-

Kringvarp Føroya reported

ferry is double hulled mean-

They said that Ternan is bad-

passed since the ferry was

in the interior of the ferry

vice in July.

last month.

ing water only leaked into

ly corroded, it has become

on the slipway for general

was made back then,” Mr

replaced

Ternan,

Meet Maigun, the Wanderlust Woman who takes Faroe Islanders to the ‘Holy Land’ Written by

holds a bachelor‘s degree in

try, the culture and its people,

panded its trips to Israel. The

Sylvia Alicia Mikkelsen sam@local.fo

Tourism.

and after spending some time

company now does Easter/

in Iceland in connection with

Passover

“I have always been curious

her studies, she started work-

tours, marathon tours, tours

about what lays behind the

ing for the Israeli Government

to the Festival of Tabernacles

Blessed are the curious for

horizon, and that was the

Tourist Office in Stockholm.

as well as Christmas Tours.

they shall have adventures.

reason why I chose to work in In

tourism,” says Maigun. Albeit living in the Faroe Is-

2008,

she

tours,

women’s

eventually

The inspiration in order to do

moved to Jerusalem. “One of

these tours comes, perhaps

lands – or the “Land of May-

Maigun has worked and lived

the most of the exciting jobs

not surprisingly, from the

be”, as some of the islanders

in a couple of countries over

abroad was setting up tours

Christian background almost

prefer to call it – is already an

the years. At the age of 18,

in connection with the Festival

every person in the Faroe Is-

adventure in itself, Faroe Is-

she went to London, where

of Tabernacles,” Maigun says.

lands has.

landers are extremely curious

she stayed for two years. Her

and like to explore the world

first job in tourism was right

When Maigun returned to the

“I love my job, and I love

to see its wonders – and of

in the heart of London, where

Faroes, she began working for

taking Faroese people to

course get as much sunlight

she worked at a travel agen-

Lofti Tours, arranging regular

the ‘Holy Land‘ and showing

as possible.

cy, selling airline tickets and

tours to Israel. The first tours

them around there, feeding

cruises for a Cypriot agent.

were traditional tours, with

their curiosity. It gives me

In the adorable little village of

locally-famous evangelist Mr.

much pleasure. I live my pas-

Syðragøta on Eysturoy, there

She then went all in for Isra-

Svenning á Lofti as the tour

sion, and I will continue to so

is a woman on wanderlust,

el…and from there she never

leader.

do as long as God allows me

who fits this aforementioned

looked back.

description perfectly.

to,” states the ever curious In 2012, Maigun took the first

The first time Maigun traveled Her name is Maigun Sol-

to Israel was back in 1992. She

munde, a tour leader who

soon fell in love with the coun-

women‘s group to Israel. Lately, Lofti Tours has ex-

Maigun.


13

Price 595 DKK

BEER TOUR

- hiking to Kirkjubøur Join this hike where you will be served traditional Faroese food and two cans of tasty Faroese beers. Coffee is also included in the price as well as some Faroese home-made snacks.

This is a 4-hour guided tour along the cozy walking route from Tórshavn to the village of Kirkjubøur, one of the oldest villages in the Faroe Islands.

Sign up for this tour by emailing jhl@local.fo. Provide us with your name and time of departure


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Gender pay gap widens in the Faroe Islands Written by

cording to the latest labor

lion in April, while women

the current gender pay gap

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

statistics.

earned DKK 335 million.

in the Faroe Islands is 200

The Faroese labour force –

In June, these numbers had

27,400 workers; 14,250 male

changed slightly: DKK 520

Women continue to earn

workers and 13,150 female

million for men, compared to

The median monthly pay for

less than men in the Faroe

workers – received DKK 845

DKK 320 million for women.

full-time male workers was

Islands and the wage gap

million in payouts in April.

million, compared to 140

has widened considerably over the last five years, ac-

Men earned DKK 510 mil-

million in 2014.

DKK 35.790 in April, while, According to Statistics Faroe

full-time

Islands (Hagstova Føroya),

earnings were DKK 25.475.

Pictures: New Hilton hotel is well underway

female

workers’

Written by

international Hilton concern

Fast forward from Septem-

Torleif Joensen torleif@local.fo

and will be called Hilton

ber 2018 to July 2019 and the

Garden Inn Faroe Islands.

hotel is well underway. The topping-out ceremony was

Local.fo was taken on a

held last month and there

In September 2018, the na-

tour at the construction site

are 40 to 50 workers on-site

tional airline of the Faroe Is-

by Hilton Garden Inn CEO,

everyday to finish the con-

lands, Atlantic Airways, and

Martin

Restorff

struction in order to welcome

Faroese pension and insur-

has

experience

the first guests in summer

ance company, LÍV, joined

from the service industry

2020. The view from the ho-

forces to build a new four-

due to his family’s involve-

tel rooms is spectacular.

star hotel in of the capital of

ment in the service indus-

the Faroe Islands.

try since 1951. One can say

Restorff.

life-long

that he was raised in the The hotel will be part of the

service industry.

(See pictures on next page)


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16

Opinion: Is civilization being controlled by ecoterrorism?

Written by

took place from 11-13 July.

pilot whaling is the fastest

for only one purpose: to get

spend their lives as free crea-

herd’s financial accounting

Hans J. Hermansen jhl@local.fo

Lewis Capaldi was supposed

way of killing any mammal

meat for the wealthy ones in

tures before they are killed

– the real one!

to attend the festival, but he

in the sea and on land. The

the Western part of the world

in open abattoirs where any-

resigned and blamed the pi-

information given is biased,

while millions of people suf-

one can see it.

lot whale hunt. His informa-

unreliable, and taken out

fer from starvation and mal-

Some time ago Formula 1

tion is likewise given by the

of context by an organiza-

nutrition. Cattle, pigs, sheep,

The

driver Lewis Hamilton crit-

same

group.

tion that is flourishing from

chickens, ducks and other

wealthy organization with

icized the Faroe Islanders

Mr. Capaldi, you are hereby

the income from telling lies

animals are kept in huge

properties around the world.

Back to the headline. Appar-

for their pilot whale hunt,

likewise invited to the Faroe

about pilot whaling, con-

farms and fed to end up on

Their leader and his favored

ently, lots of people in the so-

despite he has never been

Islands, free of charge, to see

trolled by an unpredictable

the rich table to be washed

followers live an enviable life.

called civilized world rather

here. His decision was based

and learn for yourself what

criminal person, who found-

down with a glass of exqui-

During summer PW resides

believe in and support mis-

on information delivered by

country and which people

ed Sea Shepherd after he

site wine. Their lives are, to

in a huge farm in Wood-

information, violence, terror,

the eco terrorist group Sea

you condemn without having

was expelled from Green-

say the least, miserable.

stock,

patrolling

and threats than conducting

Shepherd. He has been in-

been here. Another import-

peace because of his rough

his land in a Dodge Ram,

a serious and civilized dia-

vited to the islands to see for

ant thing: if you give up for

methods. His violent records

And yet, Mr. Hamilton and

and he spends the winter in

logue about the subject.

himself what he is criticizing

the threats, these predators

around the globe are known

Mr. Capaldi, you do not hes-

Friday Harbor. He has spent

– free of charge.

will continue to chase you.

to most people.

itate to visit those countries

his time in French castles, he

So, Mr. Lewis Capaldi and Mr.

with your “sport” or your mu-

has enjoyed “la vie agréable”

Lewis Hamilton, the invita-

eco-terrorist

And yet his supporters follow him blindfolded. When will

Sea

Shepherd

Vermont,

is

a

we ever learn?

Earlier this summer, another

I could accept and even re-

Back to animal welfare. For

sic, where the animals are

by frequenting fashionable

tion to visit the Faroe Islands

person turned down an invi-

spect a decision based upon

96 % of the world’s popula-

kept in inaccessible farms

nightclubs along the Medi-

free of charge is still valid.

tation to perform at the very

animal welfare, but it is hard

tion meat is part of their diet.

and then killed in closed ab-

terranean, but only few peo-

popular G! Festival, which

to accept that argument, as

We keep animals in farms

attoirs, while the pilot whales

ple have ever seen Sea Shep-


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18

Life in the Campsite of G! Festival 2019 Written by

opened, making the grass

Hans Gilstein Petersen hgp@local.fo

wet and slippery, the camp-

outside the campsite.

really found their place in

the speaker required a large

thorough and thought-out

the Faroese music scene

crew. The speaker from the

theme of the camps this

ers were in good spirits.

Most years there are

yet. Most of them post their

other main camp, Tordis,

year; they had a flag, cus-

Many wore rain clothes and

no events for campers

music on Soundcloud, a

was later moved to the camp

tom-made beers with a swan

Wellington boots whereas

Wednesday night because

platform where emerging

of OMB as well, which then

logo, matching t-shirts and a

On July 10, the G! Festival

others tried their best to

the concerts and events

artists can share their mu-

became the party center of

large swan-shaped speaker.

opened its campsite in the

keep warm in summery

in Syðrugøta do not begin

sic, but some of them have

the campsite the following

“There was no doubt. When

town of Norðragøta to an ex-

clothes.

until Thursday at 4pm, but

experience on other Faroese

nights.

the jury saw The Swan Nest

cited crowd of campers that

this year was different. The

stages as well. Amongst the

were to spend the following

After the campers had

administration of G! Festival

line-up are Marius DC, RSP

However, OMB and Tordis

the administrators of G!

four nights and days on the

claimed their grounds

cooperated with two of the

and Young Brazy. There was

were not the only camps

Festival reported on their

grassy plain.

they began carrying in

most prominent camps this

a total of seven acts on the

where people gathered;

website.

tents, luggage, sofas and

year to organize an under-

stage and the event lasted

other camps include Cas-

When the gates opened

speakers and raised their

ground show, UndirG!run-

from 22:00 to around 01:00.

siopeia, who visited the

The campsite of G! Festival

at 4pm campers had been

camps. Gradually the rain

din, where local artists

campsite for the fifth year

certainly had lots to offer

waiting for hours to be in

ceased; although it would

would perform on a stage

The following day the speak-

in a row, Skopunhagen, the

this year. On a year when

the very front of the queue.

not stop entirely until later

built from pallets using two

ers were moved to the camp

“Camp of the Year” winners

the festival-site in Syðrugøta

The further up front you

in the evening. As soon as

large homemade speakers

of Okkara Midnight Boys

of many years, and Afrika

had cancellations from big

are the more likely you are

the camps were raised, the

borrowed from the camps,

who won the title “G! Festival

but the camp that won the

names the campsite fortu-

to get a good spot to raise

campers began partying and

Okkara Midnight Boys and

Camp of the Year 2018”. The

title “Camp of the Year 2019”

nately managed to stand on

your camp. Even though

preparing themselves for the

Tordis.

bright pink speaker built by

was Svanareiðrið (The Swan

its own legs.

the weather had turned for

night ahead. However, most

members of Okkara Mid-

Nest).

the worse the last couple

campers had already begun

The acts of Wednesday night

night Boys, or OMB, weighed

of hours before the gates

drinking when they queued

were all artists that haven’t

around 200 kg, so moving

everyone said: “This is it!”,”

The Swan Nest had the most


w Bo w o w k .to o ra n .fo

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Daily Excursions 2019 »It’s all about the people«

Tórshavn is one of the world’s smallest capitals, beautifully situated at the foot of the surrounding mountains and with a panoramic view of the island of Nólsoy. The town was founded in 825 AD and named after the Nordic God Thor. Concerts, theatre and exhibitions of all kinds of art are a natural part of the townscape as well as the old part of town, Reyn, with its small houses, narrow streets, grass roofs and Tinganes´ beautiful red buildings.

DKK 495,00 DKK 245,00

Included: Guide/Coach

Checklist: • Camera • Good shoes for the walk

Type in the promo code when you are discount booking and you will get a

5%

• A warm sweater/jacket • Good mood

A whole day excursion to the Northern Islands, where we drive over the islands Streymoy and Eysturoy to the village of Leirvík and from there through the 6.2 km long underwater tunnel passage, where you can experience art work by Tróndur Patursson, to Klaksvík – the fishing capital. In Klaksvík we are visiting the unique church Christianskirkjan. On this excursion you’ll have a great view of the islands Borðoy, Kalsoy and Kunoy. We visit smaller villages, viewpoints and a Viking Settlement in Leirvík. Several photostops are made during the trip.

Adult: Child:

DKK 995,00 DKK 495,00

Included: Guide/Coach/Lunch

Checklist: • Camera • Good mood

VÁGAR Wednesday 08.30-12.30

MYKINES Wednesday 08.30-19.00

Spectacular and unique landscape!

Get close to nature and wildlife!

Join us on the tour to the beautiful island of Vagar! To get there we drive via the mountain road to Norðadalsskarð where the view over the island of Koltur is extraordinary – we make photostops on the way. On the island of Vágoy we drive through the villages of Sandavág, Miðvág and Sørvág. We will make a stop in Gásadalur, where you will have a magnificent view over Tindhólm and Mykines. In Gásadalur you will get time on your own to explore the iconic waterfall Múlafossur, hike close to the cliffwalls or enjoy a cup of coffee in the café. On the way back we will make a stop in the village of Bø. Adult: Child:

DKK 595,00 DKK 295,00

Included: Guide/Coach

local.fo

Checklist: • Camera • Good shoes and warm clothes

• Good mood

Daytrip to the westernmost island of Mykines, also called bird paradise, as the island has a rich bird life. We drive by bus to the village of Sørvágur, where the ferry sails from. On the island of Mykines a local guide awaits us. The guide leads us up the steep path to the small village – the only one on the island. From here the walk up the mountain starts. On the walk you can get close to puffins – the small charming bird with the colourful beak.

Adult: Child:

DKK 1.495,00 DKK 745,00

Included: Coach/Ferry/Guide/Lunch

Checklist: • Camera • Hiking boots!

• Warm clothes • Rainjacket • Binoculars

VESTMANNA BIRD CLIFFS Thursday 12.30-17.30

NORTHERN EYSTUROY Friday 09.00-15.00

Breathtaking high cliffs and a rich birdlife!

Beautiful villages in unreal surroundings!

By bus we drive via the mountain road to Vestmanna where the excursion boat awaits. The boat sails along the popular birdcliffs and grottoes. If the weather allows it, the boat sails into a narrow strait, deep grottoes and close to the 600 m high wall, where thousands of seabirds breed. On the tour we stop by the village of Leynar, where we can see handmade salmonstairs and one of the favourite beaches of the faroese people, and we make a stop in Kvívík, where we explore the old Viking settlements. Adult: Child:

DKK 795,00 DKK 395,00

Included: Guide/Coach/Boat Trip

Checklist: • Camera • Warm clothes + rain jacket

• Binoculars • A little snack • Good mood

Driving past the old whaling station Áir to the village of Saksun surrounded by high mountains in beautiful settings. Continue to the village Funningur, where the first vikings settled down. Next we visit the scenic village of Gjógv. On the way we stop to see the stone formations “The Giant and the Hag” – Risin og Kellingin – and here you can also see the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands. Several photostops are made during the trip. Adult: Child:

DKK 895,00 DKK 445,00

Included: Guide/Coach/Lunch

Checklist: • Camera • Good mood

VESTMANNA BIRD CLIFFS Saturday 12.30-17.30

SANDOY AND KIRKJUBØUR Sunday 08:30-18:00

Breathtaking high cliffs and a rich birdlife!

Unspoiled, traditional and full of good history

By bus we drive via the mountain road to Vestmanna where the excursion boat awaits. The boat sails along the popular birdcliffs and grottoes. If the weather allows it, the boat sails into a narrow strait, deep grottoes and close to the 600 m high wall, where thousands of seabirds breed. On the tour we stop by the village of Leynar, where we can see handmade salmonstairs and one of the favourite beaches of the faroese people, and we make a stop in Kvívík, where we explore the old Viking settlements. Adult: Child:

DKK 795,00 DKK 395,00

Included: Guide/Coach/Boat Trip

Checklist: • Camera • Warm clothes + rain jacket

de

NORTHERN ISLANDS Tuesday 09.00-16.00 An opportunity to experience the life on the Northern Islands!

TÓRSHAVN Monday 09.00-12.00 Experience our small capital

Adult: Child:

Promo co

• Binoculars • A little snack • Good mood

Tour information Language: Scandinavian and English. Start: Pickup starts at the departure start time and continues approx. 15 min. after the start of the excursion, due to pick up in different places. Please have voucher / ticket ready! Clothes: Due to changing weather conditions, we recommend warm clothes.

First we take the ferry to the beautiful Sandoy where traditional Faroese lifestyle can still be experienced. There are many places of interest on this island such as puffin colonies and bird cliffs. On the tour we visit Kirkjubø, which was a diocese from the year 1111; and the Olav´s Church is from year 1200. We make photo stops, and lunch is included.

Adult: Child:

DKK 995,00 DKK 495,00

Included: Guide/Coach/Ferry/Lunch

Checklist: • Camera • Good mood

Booking at www.tora.fo Reservation/booking: Only orders made the day before or earlier, are guaranteed, with the exception of boat trips. There are no excursions on 28-29 July. Some of the excursions are dependent on the weather, such as the Sailing trips, hiking and observation tours and we assume full right to change the trip depending on weather conditions. Please visit our web site www.tora.fo for booking and more information.

TORA TOURIST · Hoyvíksvegur 66 · FO-100 Tórshavn · Faroe Islands · tel: +298 315505 · tora@tora.fo · www.tora.fo


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From Okkara with beer – “We stand ready to take on the world,” beams brewery CEO

Top 3 beers from Okkara Okkara Portari A stout with a blend of malty flavours rooted in pilsner, coloured, caramel and smoked malt. It finishes with a hint of liquorice, making it an excellent beer to have with deserts and other sweet foods.

Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Chocolate and cream-based

special beers – was named

that initially started with the

“When it comes to alcohol,

deserts truly come into their

the best brewer in the Faroe

ambition to create some-

people nowadays typically

own when combined with

Islands by RateBeer. Hence,

thing completely new on the

prefer beer over hard liquor.

our caramel colored stout.

it is certainly fair to say that

Faroese beer scene?

And during the summer

things are indeed looking up After a couple of difficult

for Okkara.

years following its startup

months we always see that “Since day one, we have

expats, who come back to

specialized in brewing craft

the islands for holidays,

Okkara Tróndur

in July 2010, Okkara, one of

Which is quite an accom-

beers,” says Petur, adding “it

choose to buy craft beers. So

This beer is amber in hue

the two Faroese breweries,

plishment given the compa-

was a pioneering plan at the

that is a really good thing for

with an energetic and rich

is finally ready to take on the

ny’s recent turbulent history.

time of starting the business,

us,” says Petur.

flavour. A touch of malted

world.

but it takes time to gain peo-

sugar balances the bit-

Setting up a brewery on an

ple’s trust, and maybe that

Who is locally known as

terness. Mixed with the bite

In the last few few years,

archipelago in the middle

is part of the reason why we

Petur Øl, or in English Petur

of the alcohol it has a distinct-

the brewery of choice

of the North Atlantic, with

found it so difficult the first

Beer (yes, that is also an

ly refreshing flavour.

among Faroese hipsters,

Føroya Bjór (the other brew-

couple of years.

Okkara beer).

located in Velbastaður on

ery in the country) being the

the southwest coast of the

old-established firm was a

“We still specialize in brewing

“Okkara means ‘ours‘, and

island of Streymoy, has

bold and ambitious venture,

craft beers. But after having

I would say that our future

Okkara Rinkusteinur

launched a number of new

which nearly went all wrong.

initially put emphasis on

looks very bright at the

A top fermented ale that is

beers, including Mikkel-

Luckily, it did not.

giving our beers a bitter taste,

moment. Our story proves

aged with porous Faroese

we have latterly toned down

that persistence, as well as

rocks. The rocks are heated

er Gullhorn and Okkara Norðlýsið. Last month, on

“We seriously considered to

the bitterness, and lately our

the willingness to sometimes

to 800°C and then placed in

the eve of the annual LGBT

close down our business a

beers have definitely reached

step back and learn from

the wort, where they then

pride march, the craft-ori-

few years ago, but in 2016

a higher level, quality-wise,

one’s shortcomings and lay

caramelize the brew. This

ented brewery released

we decided to make a fresh

as we have become much

down a new plan, really can

process, combined with the

“Okkara Pride”. And later

start and, consequently, we

better brewers over the

pay off. We are now ready

specially selected hops, cre-

this summer, on the eve of

created a 3 year plan. Now,

years. Secondly, we have

for the future, and I really

ates a unique spiced flavour.

Ovastevna, a local festival

here we are in 2019, and it

also become much better at

wish and hope that we can

on the island of Nólsoy, the

is going really well now, like

collaborating with concerts

make our customers happy

Okkara Rinkusteinur pairs

brewery will also release

never before,” says Petur

and festivals, including the G!

for many years to come,”

best with dark meats, such

“Okkara Ovi”.

Petersen, the very likeable

Festival to name one, and that

Petur concludes.

as lamb, but it also combines

CEO of Okkara.

has really given us a lift and a

wonderfully with cheese

new foothold. Thus, we have

platters and other high-fat foods

In 2018, the brewery – which makes mainstream beers,

So, what has changed for

eventually managed to finally

seasonal beers as well as

the better for the company

gain people’s trust, I think.”


image: Ólavur Frederiksen

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Path number 5 to the lighthouse is closed Written by

“Due to bad and muddy path

from entering the puffin caves

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

and to protect the puffin

to feed their youngbirds and

colony, now that the puffins

this leads to the youngbirds

are feeding the youngbirds, this path is closed,” say the

The inhabitants of Mykines

According to Visit Faroe

views of the ocean to the west

Islands, “the hike from the

and other islands to the east

The villagers also demand that

old solitary Mykines village

as you walk across the island

starving,” the villagers note,

visitors “respect the locals and

with turf-roofed houses to the

dubbed the “paradise of

adding “please respect the

do not pictures without asking

lighthouse at the end of the

birds” because of its magnifi-

villagers in a message which

signs and stay on the part of

first.”

the islet of Mykineshólmur is

cent and rich bird life, includ-

village have decided to close

is bound to frustrate a lot of

the path that is open. Leaving

truly something special – an

ing hundreds of cute puffins

the locally famous path to the

international travelers.

the path and walking on top

The lighthouse at the end of the

otherworldly experience at

nestled in burrows in the

of the puffin caves, kills the

the islet of Mykineshólmur is

the edge of this world.”

clifftops during the summer

islet of Mykineshólmur in an

when you walk on it.”

attempt to protect the island’s

“Too much traffic disturbs the

youngbirds, because you

one of the most popular nature

birds.

puffins and prevents them

close the tunnel/puffin nest,

attractions in the Faroe Islands.

months.” VFI adds: “Enjoy tremendous


Top three finish for Faroe Islands at Island Games

Image: Sverri Egholm, Portal.fo

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Written by

vers and 27 bronzes, which

NatWest International Island

countries such as Jersey, Isle

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

meant they finished 7 golds

Games took place on Gi-

of Man, Shetland, Bermuda,

behind Isle of Man and 11

braltar from Saturday, July

Cayman Islands and the

golds behind Jersey.

6th to Friday, July 12th, with

Isle of Wright, among many

over 2500 athletes from 24

others. A total of twen-

The Faroe Islands came

Swimming was the country’s

islands contesting 14 differ-

ty-seven islands or island

third in the medals table at

strongest sport with 13

ent sports.

groups have participated in

Gibraltar 2019.

golds, six silvers and eight bronzes.

In all, the Faroese team

the Island Games; eleven of Held every 2 years, the

these have participated in

multi-national event sees

every Island Games.

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“There is a lot to give to these women – mentally, spiritually and financially,” says founder of Faroese humanitarian organization Written by

have a lot to teach us; their

“This project gives Faroe

away a few years ago. Thus,

Sylvia Alicia Mikkelsen sam@local.fo

perseverance, defiance, work

Islanders the opportunity to

she had to move out of her

ethic and contagious happi-

raise money to help Libe-

ness, with all the songs and

rians. Basically, the organi-

dances and all. It all adds to the happiness of being alive.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

passing away.

her own house.

husband’s house as it is cus-

Janet found a new temporary

Because, as Hilda puts it:

tomary in Liberia that women

place but as she could not

“Life’s most persistent and

zation gives money to local

have to leave the family yard

really afford it, Mirjam thus

urgent question is: What are

women so they can go out

in the wake of their spouses

decided to help Janet build

you doing for others?”

and buy merchandise. They Hilda visited Liberia for the

then sell this merchandise

first time in 1984. However,

before eventually bringing

These days this line is the

after the First Liberian Civil

me a revenue report – and

motto of ‘Mirjam‘, a Faroese

War broke out in 1989, Hilda

they then keep receiving

organization which was cre-

et al were consequently

more money until they are

ated to help women in Africa

being told to move out of the

able to sustain themselves,”

and Asia.

country.

explains Hilda.

The organization started in

Hilda returned to the country

“I am fortunate to witness

Africa – or more specifically in

nearly two decades later, in

people getting help and

Liberia and Kenya.

2007, and since then she has

achieving their goals so that

been traveling back and forth

they can have a better life,”

to the West African country.

says Hilda.

and financially. They sing

Over the years, Hilda has

One of Mirjam‘s success

and pray a lot, and it brings

experienced that Liberians

stories is Janet Morris, who

them joy when we also pray

have a huge need for help.

sells fried fish, plantains and

for them,” says Hilda Viderø,

All the same, she has also

chickens – while her daughter

founder of Mirjam.

observed that it is possible to

sells popcorn and cookies.

“There is a lot to give to these women – mentally, spiritually

help the locals just by being She adds: “African women

there.

Janet‘s husband passed


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What next for Lars Olsen? Written by

side is very much uncertain.

100 rankings for the first

star players in the Faroese

shortage of candidates to

mature for the job. Hence

Isaac Roblett ir@local.fo

In this article, I will explore

time since 2014. Under any

Premier League last season,

fulfill the daunting task of

why for me, Guðjón Þórðar-

what next for Lars Olsen

other manager, a ranking of

and has had a decent start

replacing him. To me a few

son would be the right man

and the Faroe Islands na-

107 would be respectable,

in Norway, but to date has

names instantly comes to

for the role, if Lars was to

tional team.

but because of the high

only managed 4 minutes

mind, Guðjón Þórðarson

depart.

standards Olsen has set, he

of football for the Faroe

would be a logical choice.

Since taking charge in 2011, Lars Olsen has overseen the most successful era of Faro-

With all of Olsen’s imposing

is almost a maker in his own

Islands senior side. Surely

The NSÍ Runavík manager

Lars Olsen is a respected

ese international football,

achievements listed above,

downfall. The Faroe Islands

his form over the last year

has substantial managerial

individual on and off the

the first manager to take the

the calls for the Faroe

general public now expect

and a half deserves more of

experience at the highest

football pitch, who has

national side into the worlds

Islands to change manage-

wins and competitive per-

a chance than that. Adrian

level (ex Iceland national

guided the Faroe Islands

Top Fifa World 100 rankings

rial direction might seem

formances on a semi-regu-

Justinussen is another player

and Stoke manager, with

Men’s national team to new

(high place of 74 in 2016),

ludicrous, but they are not

lar basis, long gone are the

who should consider himself

over 30 years of managerial

heights, the likes that have

obtained the countries

without reason. Since the

days were the nation was

very unlucky for not gain-

experience) and has exten-

never been seen before. And

best return for a qualifying

impressive 2018 qualify-

the proverbial whipping

ing any senior caps, having

sive knowledge of Faroese

for that, he will forever be

campaign of 9 points in the

ing campaign, the nation

boys. Historical wins against

outscored any other Faroese

football and culture from

written into Faroese history.

2018 World Cup Qualifiers,

has seen just 2 wins in 12

Greece, Latvia and a draw

player over the last year.

NSI. Heimir Guðjónsson who

Olsen is an extremely knowl-

the achievements under his

matches (against Malta and

against Hungary are proof

had such a stellar last season

edgeable, and immensely

reign are endless. It is safe

Liechtenstein). The Nations

that the Faroe Islands can

Another huge factor in this

with HB would be another.

talented coach, and I have

to say Lars will go down as a

League campaign was disap-

move up to the next stage

debate is Lars Olsen himself.

However, if history tells us

every confidence he will

Faroe Islands legend, on top

pointing, with just 5 points

of international football, and

In modern-day football,

anything, a successor whose

overturn the recent Faroe

of his already distinguished

obtained from 6 matches,

as a result, defeats against

managers move teams on

credentials are limited to the

misfortunes. But every era

career in football (he cap-

all against nations ranked

the likes of Malta should not

a regular basis, managerial

Faroe Islands comes with a

must end at some point, and

tained the Denmark team

outside the top 100. And the

be tolerated.

jobs are now seen as proj-

lot of grievances, thanks to

if Lars sees fit to depart, or

that won the 1992 European

current Euro 2020 qualifiers

ects more than anything

Jógvan Martin Olsen‘s time

results don’t improve, a new

Championship).

are not fairing any better,

One of the major arguments

else. And after 8 years at

as manager!!

direction will be needed. The

with 4 loses from 4 matches,

being used against Lars is

the helm, it is not beyond

However, his tenure as the

and the defeat against Malta

his player selection, and

the realms of possibility that

A left field name would be

vital platform for the nation-

manager of the national

(there first competitive win

his favouritism of certain

Lars himself feels he has

former Faroe Islands League

al side to progress over the

side has become stagnate

in 6 years) hurting the most.

players, instead of exciting

taken the nation as far as he

favourite Milan Kuljic, the

last 10 years, momentum

new ones. In my opinion,

can, and is ready for another

current Serbia Under-17s

and development cannot be

managerial project.

boss, who has impressed

halted for no man.

in recent times, with various

Faroe Islands have built a

calls for him to step down

This has all accumulated in

the underuse of Meinhard

from his duties, and with his

the Faroe Islands dropping

Olsen in recent fixtures is

contract expiring next year,

to a 5 year low Fifa ranking

disappointing. Olsen was

If Lars Olsen was to de-

matches, but such a candi-

the future of the national

of 107, and outside the top

without a doubt one of the

part, there would not be a

date would be far too pre-

so far with 6 wins from 14


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USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS

similar to Old Norse. The words

Bars and clubs

Emergency: 112

and pronunciation can seem quite

According to regulations,

Police: +298 351448

challenging for visitors.

bars can stay open until

Medical help: 1870

00:00 on weekdays and

Taxi: Auto: +298 311234

04:00 on weekends.

Bil: +298 323232

Currency & Banks

International Phone Calls

Language

The Faroese monetary unit is the

The country code into the Faroe

Faroese, the official language,

Danish krone (DKK). The coins in

Islands from abroad is 298 plus the

is a North Germanic language,

circulation are 0.50, 1, 2, 5, 10 and

six-digit number.

20 krones. The notes are 50, 100, 500 and 1.000 krones.

Post offices Post offices can be found in

Currency exchange is available

Tórshavn as well as in all major

Fortunately, most Faroese know

at all banks around the country.

towns around the country. You can

English and Danish as these

Banks in the Faroe Islands are

purchase stamps and send letters

languages are mandatory subjects

Shops

generally open 09:30 – 16:00

and packages in the post offices.

in primary schools.

Mon.–Fri. 10.00–18.00

Monday through Friday (Thursday:

Sat. 10.00–16.00

9:30 - 18:00), except on public

Measures

holidays.

The Faroe Islands use the metric

Sun. closed.

system. As such, all driving

Most supermarkets have

Internet access

distances and speed limits are

longer opening hours.

Many cafés, coffee shops, hotels,

posted in kilometers.

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18 SEP TÓRSHAVN (CAPITAL) FREE

KATRINA CHRISTIANSEN

01 SEP EYSTUROY 87 - 175 DKK

VÍSINDAVØKA 2019

20 SEP TÓRSHAVN (CAPITAL) FREE

BOAT TRIP FUNNINGSFIRÐI

02 SEP EYSTUROY 900 DKK

FISHING AND BOAT TRIPS

20 SEP NORÐOYGGJAR 450 - 900 DKK


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Welcome to the Nordic House The cultural heart of the Faroe Islands

A Nordic institution with a diverse programme of music, literature, film, performance art, visual arts, meetings and conferences. For information about us and upcoming events please visit nlh.fo The café, SYSTRAR, serves homemade, organic and wholesome food.

OPENING TIMES Monday-Friday: 09.00–17.00 Saturday: 10.00–17.00 Sunday: 12.00–17.00

The Nordic House Norðari Ringvegur FO-100 Tórshavn Tel. (+298) 351 351

nlh.fo


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Profile for Local.fo

Local.fo Magazine - Issue #3, 2019  

Local.fo Magazine - Issue #3, 2019  

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