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LOCAL.FO · 2019 · ISSUE #1

”We are election– ready,” declares Cannabis Party PAGE 6

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KOKS earns upgrade.   from one to two. Michelin stars. 

The man who transmits the essence of the Faroe Islands to the world PAGE 4

Rescue helicopter. called out ten times. last year to rescue. foreign tourists.   PAGE 9


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Welcome to the Faroe Islands! Editor

Whatever being the case and

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.

bigger harbour facilities for

Office, by the end of 2017

paper, you can read about a

salmon enterprise of Bakkaf­

circumstances we want you

the growing number of car­

there were just under 1300

new political party, struggling

rost and future plans?

to feel welcome, and also

go- and passenger vessels,

non-nordic foreigners living

to get recognition and being

you should know that you

setting their course our way.

in the Faroe Islands. Through

allowed to run for the Løgting

We trust that you will find

are part of a number that has

Or being it private enter­

all times, foreigners living

general election that will hap­

some things of interest in the

been growing rapidly in later

prise such as the big salmon­

here have contributed huge­

pen later this summer. Their

paper, but also want you to

years.

farm companies expanding

ly. Or, as the proverb says,

main objective being legal­

consider a visit to our web­

their facilities to answer the

no one lives in the Faroe Is­

izing the cannabis drug for

site, www.local.fo for your

The Faroese economy is boo­

growing demand for Faro­

lands for practical reasons.

medical purposes. Or, you

daily news from the Faroe

m­ing.

ese salmon. Or, indeed, the

Foreigners here are full or

can read about the enthusi­

Islands.

growing tourism.

resources, enriching our cul­

ast Mortan Johannesen, who

Many big projects, financed

tural life, being part of the

used to be a successful trawl­

by the government, are ei­

In past times, immigration

daily life and defining what

er skipper, but in his older

ther in pipeline or well un­

matters have been handled

it means to be Faroese. And,

years has decided to gear-

derway, i.e. investments in

by Denmark. Today foreign­

not least, contributing to

down and become a local

public infrastructure such as

ers in the Faroes are a Faro­

our limited genetic pool.

fisherman, selling his catch

submerged tunnels, connect­

ese matter. And according

ing the islands, or better and

to the Faroese Immigration

Thanks for your time. 

in the Torshavn harbour. Or In this issue of the local.fo

how about the billion-kronur

Sleeping & Eating in the Faroe Islands

KOKS

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+298 333000 aarstova@aarstova.fo aarstova.fo

Fútastova

+298 350000 ht@hoteltorshavn.fo hoteltorshavn.fo

+298 411300 futastova@futastova.fo futastova.fo

Colophon

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+298 331010 barbara@barbara.fo barbara.fo

Heima í Havn

+298 333999 koks@koks.fo koks.fo

+298 411430 raest@raest.fo raest.fo

etika

THE TARV

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+298 411500 mikkeller@mikkeller.fo mikkeller.fo

+298 411000 bbitin@bbitin.fo bitin.fo

+298 411400 tarv@tarv.fo tarv.fo

Barbara

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+298 411010 suppugardurin@suppugardurin.fo suppugardurin.fo

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+298 350000 hvonn@hvonn.fo hvonn.fo

+298 350035 eta@eta.fo eta.fo

Managing director: Torleif Joensen

Writers: Jens Hákun Leo, Sylvia Alicia Mikkelsen, Isaac Roblett

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Editor: Gunnar Skúvadal

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Mortan Johannesen: The man who transmits the essence of the Faroe Islands to the world Written by

and take them with them

Sylvia Alicia Mikkelsen sam@local.fo

“Around 60-70% of the whale

back to Denmark.

meat and blubber is sold to tourists,” Mortan added, Local markets in the Faroe Is­

rather interestingly.

lands are AMAZING! If you are planning a trip to the Faroes,

Mortan used to prepare all

then this is the perfect place

the food at his home with the

for you; the markets are full

help of his wife. Unfortunate­

of locals, they have fresh

ly, she passed away 6 months

products, and there is always

ago. However, his friends

a person who is willing to talk

and family visit his shop on a

more about the country, the

regular basis and cherish him

culture and its traditions.

and his business.

This is the case of Mortan

The Faroe Islands are syn­

Johannesen, a Faroe Island­

onymous with fish. Without

er who became a sailor at

this natural resource, one

the age of 27 years old and

could argue that the first set­

who dedicated his life to be

tlers would have found it in­

a fishing captain. Now, at the

credibly difficult to settle on

age of 76, Mortan has decid­

these remote North Atlantic

ed to bring his passion for

islands. Faroe Islanders have

the Faroese cousin to a local

fished for centuries, and fish­

market in the main harbor in

ing still plays an essential role

Tórshavn, the capital of the

in the community.

Faroe Islands. Whether by boat or from Mortan buys fish from local

shore, there are plenty of

fisherman and he then pre­

opportunities to fish in the

pares them to sell them in

Faroe Islands. With the ocean

the harbor. He mainly sells

never further than 5 km away

boiled fish balls, fried fish

– no matter where you’re lo­

balls,

fermented

cated – it is effortless to grab

fish, cod tongue, cod cheeks,

a rod and go fishing whenev­

whale meat, blubber and

er you want.

air-dried

fresh fish (knettir, frikadellir, ræstan fisk, lippur & kjálkar).

The Faroe Islands have good fishing areas and sheltered

Usually, many tourists ap­

fishing grounds away from

proach Mortan and ask him if

strong winds, making it pos­

they can take pictures of the

sible to fish most days re­

products that he is offering.

gardless of wind direction.

Mortan is very friendly and

The two main types of fishing

is very much so willing to

in the Faroe Islands are deep-

provide a description of the

sea fishing and fly fishing. 

products. The customers of Mortan are very diverse – locals as well as tourists. According to Mortan, it is very common that people from Denmark who are traveling on the fer­ ry (Norrøna) buy his products


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”We are election-ready,”

declares Cannabis Party Written by

criminalize, deregulate and

the Social Affairs Committee

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

legalize the use of cannabis,”

recommended scrapping the

Mr. Djurhuus said.

proposal, put forth by MP Je­ nis á Rana, to make medical

”We simply wish to legalize a

cannabis available on a trial

In February, it became clear

harmless plant, which every­

basis.

that ”The campaign for the

one should have the right to

right to choose cannabis”

cultivate and use. It is par­

The majority argued that

(”Framtakið fyri rættinum at

ticularly important that peo­

since it is currently possible

velja kannabis”) will be al­

ple who need cannabis for

to be prescribed cannabis

lowed to stand for election to

medical purposes should be

oil from all Faroese doctors,

the Faroese parliament.

given free access to it,” Mr.

there is no reason to apply

Djurhuus added in another

for a special permission.

After a long struggle, the

interview. Miðflokkurin (the Centre Par­

campaign finally managed to gather the 800 signatures

”The party has just one goal

ty) proposed that medical

required to run for election,

and that is to legalize canna­

cannabis should be made

much to the delight of the

bis in the Faroe Islands,” Mr.

available on a trial basis simi­

founder of the movement,

Djurhuus proclaimed.

lar to the one in Denmark.

In addition to Mr. Djurhuus

Elections to the Faroese par­

and co-founder Mr. Arnfinn

liament have to be held be­

According to Mr. Djurhuus,

á Birtuni, Mr. Hjalmar Zach­

fore 2 September 2019.

the campaign is now elec­

ariassen has also announced

tionready.

that he will run for The Can­

The

nabis Party.

(Løg­ tingið in Faroese) has

ing on inde­ pendence and

therefore the parties must

Mr. Hallur Hjalgrímsson Djur­ huus.

Faroese

From left: Hallur Hallgrímsson Djurhuus, Hjalmar Zachariassen & Arnfinn á Birtuni. Hallur, Hjalmar & Arnfinn are running for the Cannabis Party.

Parliament Javnaðarflokkurin (The Social

33 members of parliament,

unionism as well as left and

work together in order to

Democratic Party), Tjóðvel­

simple message: we want to

This comes after a proposal

elected for a four-year term

right), with numerous parties

form a coalition government.

di (The Republican Party) &

make cannabis accessible to

to establish a medical can­

by pro­por­tional representa­

in which a single party nor­

patients who need it, and in

nabis trial scheme was re­

tion. The Faroe Islands have

mally does not have a chance

The Faroe Islands currently

the long run we want to de­

jected last year. A majority of

a multiparty system (disput­

of gaining power alone, and

have a centre-left government.

“We are ready. We have a very

Framsókn (Progress) form the coalition government. 

Police carry out huge cannabis operation in Tórshavn Written by

why police approached him.

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

They also checked a number of cars in these areas, but

However, it turned out that

they found no drugs.

the man did not carry any­

Faroe Islands Police have

thing illegal, and thus police

In 2017, Faroese Customs

took no further action.

Authority TAKS confiscated 23 kilos of illegal drugs, which

been very aggressive lately in its quest to combat the use of

A couple of weeks later,

is a fourfold increase from

drugs – including cannabis.

Faroe Islands Police carried

2016. 

out a major drug operation In January, police stopped

in the Tórshavn Area (Suður­

and frisked a suspicious look­

streymoy).

ing man on the street for Police officers drove around

drugs.

in the Tórshavn Area and According to Faroese news

conducted checks in areas

website Portal.fo, the man

where they know that people

was suspected of carrying drugs and that is the reason

Kaj Leo rasmussen

smoke (presumably canna­ bis) from time to time.


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“I am at my happiest and I write all my songs when I am stoned,” states popular singer after pledging support to cannabis cause

Terji Rasmussen

Written by

Faroe Islands Police for chas­

on the island of Nólsoy,

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

ing people who smoke weed.

where he owns and runs

He suggested that police offi­

Maggies Café. He is consid­

cers chase weed as they are

ered as one of the most well-

bored and have not much to

known singers in the Faroe

do.

Islands and has had a num­ ber of hits since the 1980s, in­

Terji Rasmussen, one of the most popular singers in the

“They admit themselves that

cluding ”Ljóðmynd”, ”Ikaros”

Faroese music scene, has

when it there is not much to

& ”Lívið er okkara gáta.”

pledged his support to the

do in town, then there is a lot

cannabis cause.

of weed. And then they go

He rose to prominence as the

out chasing weed. It is a par­

lead singer of "Terji og Føstu­

At an event in Maggies Café

adox. And when there is a lot

fressar", and he was also half

on the island of Nólsoy, Mr.

to do in town, then there is

of the popular pop-rock duo

Rasmussen declared that he

apparently no weed.

”Eyðun & Terji”, formed in the

believes that every grown

1990s. What is more, Terji

up man and woman should

“I want to decide for myself

wrote and sang ”Eros”, one

have the right to decide for

when I want to smoke. I once

of the most popular songs by

themselves whether or not

told someone that I should

Frændur.

they want to smoke a joint.

have been born stoned. Be­ cause I am at my happiest

In 1990, when the Faroe Is­

“I will not fucking accept it

and I write all my songs when

lands football team beat

that the authorities shall de­

I am stoned. You always get

Austria 1-0 in Landskrona

cide when and if I want to

your most creative ideas

(Sweden), Terji made a song

smoke a joint,” Mr. Rasmus­

when you are stoned,” Mr.

in honor of the heroes. The

sen stated.

Rasmussen concluded.

song is called ”EM-arin”.

Mr. Rasmussen criticized the

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Atlantic Airways rescue helicopter called out three times last year (by Faroese locals) to rescue foreign tourists — who did not need rescuing Written by

tains. The Atlantic Airways

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

rescue crew was namely sent

they head off to the unforgiv­

out on another ten occasions

ing Faroese mountains.

very well prepared before

to save their countrymen from the mountains.

According to Høgni Hoydal, the Minister of Fisheries in

The Atlantic Airways rescue On three separate occasions,

the Faroe Islands, Atlantic

twenty times last year to help

however, the foreign tour­

Airways’

out people who needed to be

ists, who were supposedly

spent 46 hours rescuing in­

rescued off the mountains.

in need of rescue, did not

jured foreigners in the past

need rescuing, after all. Ap­

three years.

helicopter was called out

helicopters

have

According to Atlantic Airways

parently, Faroese locals had

spokesperson Hans Erik Ja­

become really worried about

The minister added in a reply

kobsen, the helicopter was

them and, thus, called for

to MP Kári P. Højgaard that

sent out ten times to pick up

help – rather unnecessarily,

the helicopter service does

foreign tourists.

as it turned out.

not claim any compensation

A couple of Faroe Islanders

Hans Erik Jakobsen explained

also suffered in the moun­

that foreigners are normally

for such operations. 

Local farmer forces tourists to come back down from iconic mountain amid safety concerns Written by

Faroe Islands Police say that

highest

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

the terrain was very slippery,

Faroe Islands.

mountain

in

the

and bearing in mind that it is a steep climb to the top of

According to Visit Faroe Is­

the mountain, it was decided

lands, the difficulty level of

In January, two foreign tour­

that it was not safe enough

the

ists went hiking from the

for the tourists to stay in the

moderate.

northern village of Viðareiði

mountains.

Villingadalsfjall-hike

is

The walk up is fairly difficult,

(Viðoy) to the summit of Vil­ lingadalsfjall, where they had

Hence, the farmer went af­

and in the last part of the

planned to set up a tent and

ter the tourists and brought

route there are many rocks

stay for the night.

them back to the village. The

and cliffs, writes Visit Faroe

two men had apparently not

Islands,

However, according to Faro­

asked for permission to hike

should be especially careful

ese news web site In.fo, the

the mountain.

on the way down from Vil­

Viðareiði farmer did not ap­

adding

that

one

lingadalsfjall as the rocky sur­

prove of their plans and went

Villingadalsfjall

(maximum

after them.

height: 841 m) is the third

face is slippery. 


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KOKS earns upgrade from one to two Michelin stars Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

lin Nordic guide in Aarhus,

Michelin star immediately re­

Denmark.

sulted in hundreds of book­

According to the Guide, one

technical quality.

us utterly speechless,” Mr.

ranked as the second best

Ziska told Faroeislands.fo.

restaurant in the Danish

ings, reported Faroeislands.

KOKS became the first Faro­

fo.

ese restaurant to be awarded

Last year, KOKS restaurant

with a Michelin star in 2017.

moved to an eighteen-centu­

star signifies “a very good

Kingdom by White Guide Denmark.

Earlier this year, Faroese

restaurant”, two stars are

Poul Andrias Ziska, head chef

The Haute Cuisine restaurant

ry, grass-roofed farmhouse

White Guide highlighted the

restaurant KOKS earned an

“excellent cooking that is

at KOKS, also received the

retained its Michelin star last

isolated in the valley of Ley­

impact KOKS has had on

upgrade from one to two Mi­

worth a detour”, and three

“2019 MICHELIN Guide Nordic

year.

navatn, about a 20-minute

making the world aware of

chelin stars.

stars mean “exceptional cui­

Countries Young Chef Award”.

drive from Tórshavn, the

the Faroe Islands’ raw food

capital.

resources, in particular the

In January, KOKS was also

matched quality’. 

“Being awarded one Michelin

sine that is worth a special This was announced at the

journey.” The announcement

Mr. Ziska was praised for his

star was unbelievable, but

unveiling of the 2019 Miche­

that KOKS had won a second

passion, creativity and high

getting a second star has left

seafood which is of ‘un­

KOKS is among ten of the most interesting restaurants in the world Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Faroese

The travel publication fur­

ing, fermenting, salting and

ten our job is simply to let the

thermore states that KOKS is

smoking, but reimagines it all

extraordinary produce speak

a revelation and that its tast­

with modern possibilities and

for itself,” says Ziska, accord­

ing menu is worth crossing

innovative

ing to Wonderlust.

the world for:

The tasting menu, at appx.

Michelin-starred

combinations.

$215US, is worth crossing the

Some of the other interesting

world for.”

restaurants in the aforemen­

restaurant KOKS is in the list

“KOKS, Michelin recipient in

of ten of the most interest­

2017, in that insanely exciting

ing restaurants in the world;

Nordic tradition of sweep­

Head chef Poul Andrias Ziska

ern Australia), Le Suquet à

it was selected by US-based

ing sea beds and crannies in

points out that KOKS’ aim is

Laguiole (Laguiole, France),

travel publication Wonder­

mountains for ingredients,

to create the ultimate dining

Gustu (La Paz, Bolivia), Neolo­

lust, which has the high end

then producing breathtaking

experience, “strongly influ­

kal (Istanbul, Turkey), Roches

traveler in mind.

culinary art with them, is a

enced by our deep-rooted

Armed

revelation. 27-year-old Faro­

Faroese traditions and the

Andres Carne de Reyes (Chia,

Wonderlust suggests that to

ese chef Poul Andrias Ziska

remarkable

Colombia), Etxebarri (Axpe,

feature in this list a restau­

concentrates on traditional

found at our doorstep.

rant has to be thrilling and

Faroese dishes, local pro­

unique.

duce and techniques of dry­

tioned list are: Fervor (West­

local

produce

(Armed,

Morocco),

Spain), The Source (Hobart Tasmania, Australia) & The

“This is our strength, and of­

Grey (Savannah, Georgia). 


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Rector for the University of the Faroe Islands Are you able to head research and higher education on an international level? Can you lead 144 staff and faculty, 1000 students, and 24 academic degrees? Do you have a strong academic foundation? The University of the Faroe Islands is looking for a University Rector with extensive management experience and in-depth knowledge of both academic research and higher education. The position is fixed term: 5 years. With direction from the board, you will manage all operations of the University. You have the responsibility to ensure the institution fulfills its obligation to society by maintaining research and higher education of international standards. You are also tasked with strengthening the University’s position as a leading knowledge centre in the North Atlantic.

QUALIFICATIONS Emphasis will be placed on you having a strong academic background, preferably as a recognized academic scholar. That you have vision, think strategically, fulfill goals, and can evaluate these. You must have documented management experience and intricate knowledge of academic research and university teaching experience. You must have exceptional communication skills and be articulate: in Faroese, Nordic languages, and/or English. The Board will also consider the following areas when filling the position: That you know international requirements for university degrees and are qualified to cultivate cooperation with other higher learning institutions. That you can develop a budget, read accounts, and work well with numbers. That you are trustworthy and have a high sense of integrity and loyalty. That you protect academic research freedom and ethics.

The University of the Faroe Islands is a university and research facility. The University of the Faroe Islands furthers education and research on an international level and aims for socially sustainable development and innovation. The University of the Faroe Islands is a visible and effective participant, laying a research foundation under cultural, social, and business enterprises. The University of the Faroe Islands joins other Magna Carta Universities

That you can secure funding for research, and cooperate with other research facilities and the private sector, both domestically in the Faroes, and on an international level. That you are a viable administrator, are politically savvy, and can function inside a political system. That you readily resolve problems and welcome challenges and make decisions, even when difficult. That you see diversity as strength, and can network and cultivate complex collaborations.

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS The position is salaried according to the 39th level in the directive between Tænastumannafelag Landsins and the Ministry of Finance. The position does not receive “public servant” benefits. Retirement pay is 15%. There is also a “non-retirement pay” bonus for fixed-term positions.

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE Applications are due May 1st, 2019. The University Rector position begins September 1st, 2019, and the position is limited to 5 years, until August 31st, 2024. More information about the position can be had by contacting Ólavur Ellefsen, Chairman of the Board of the University of the Faroe Islands, at telephone number +298 556600. Application with academic diploma(s) together with other pertinent documentation should be sent to Ólavur Ellefsen at email: olavurellefsen@setur.fo. Inquiries and applications will be processed confidentially.

in protecting research freedom for the individual academic scholars, and encourages a culture of cooperation, curiosity, and independent search for new knowledge and information. The University of the Faroe Islands is an independent public institution, which functions independent of the political system, as directed by law.

The University of the Faroe Islands has 24 academic degrees, approximately 1000 students, and over 140 staff and faculty. The University is primarily publicly funded through an allocation from the national budget. In addition there are several projects in the last few years with outside funding from the Board of Research, the private sector, and others.


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Over the weekend of 26-27 April, major tourism sights in the Faroe Islands will be closed for regular tourists Written by

vite you to come and join

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

us in maintaining the Faroe Islands. Projects will include creating walking paths in well-trodden structing

areas,

con­

viewpoints

that

The Faroe Islands is closing

help preserve nature and

for maintenance.

birdlife

sanctuaries

and

erecting signs that help with Say what?

wayfinding.”

Yep, you read it here.

On

the

Saturday

night,

there will be a celebratory The Faroe Islands are re­

meal for all those who have

stricting tourists for one

joined forces to help – Faro­

weekend in April unless

ese and overseas visitors

they wish to help locals care

alike.

for their 18-island archipel­ The Faroe Islands welcome

ago.

around 100.000 visitors each year. 

But why do they wanna do that? Well, because Faroe Island­ ers are keen to keep their green islands unspoiled. Visit Faroe Islands writes

Faroe Islands will be closed

es to help maintain them. ”In

maintenance period by the

of the most unspoiled and

for regular tourists.”

return for a helping hand,

Faroese nation,” states Visit

unpolluted places on earth

volunteers will be gifted

Faroe Islands, adding that:

and we are keen to ensure

“The Faroe Islands is one

main so. Therefore, we in­

on its webpage that “over the weekend of 26-27 April,

However, the country will be

both accommodation and

major tourism sights in the

open for everyone who wish­

food over the three-night

that our green islands re­

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.


14

The Faroese national team – My unusual love affair Written by

affair for any ordinary fan)

not believe such a micro­

playing with infinite capaci­

the most scenic, spectacu­

was my own. And the ‘Skan­

Isaac Roblett ir@local.fo

but in that single click of the

scopic country and team

ty, and far exceeding expec­

lar views, accompanied by

sin’ supporters will beam with

mouse, my world changed

could convey such passion

tations, was (and always will

awe-inspiring

community

pride and support in spite

from black and white to co­

and character. I would soon

be) a sight to behold. The

and culture. It takes a spe­

of the result, come rain or

lour; my depressive and un­

realise that the Faroe Islands

contextual undertones of this

cial person to live and thrive

shine, as this team means so

As you may have assumed

inspired state instantaneous­

was not any ordinary place.

story were more unique than

in a remote, rugged terrain,

much more than just a foot­

from the headline: yes, I have

ly eased. For me this was akin

This led me into research,

anything I had witnessed be­

and this is reflected within

ball side to them; it is a sym­

a passion for Faroese foot­

to the moon-landing, or the

and I was amazed to see that

fore: a team faced with such

the ethos and identity of the

bol of their nation’s freedom

ball; and no, I am not Faroese

Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

the Faroe Islands had beaten

adversity yet coming togeth­

Faroese

endeav­

and spirit. Life comes at you

people’s

Greece a few years before. I

er with more enthusiasm and

ours. The fact that such a

fast, and I never would have

big give away). So, you have

I had a little knowledge of

thought to myself: how could

pride than any nation on the

small population strives for

thought that in the space of a

every right to question why a

the Faroe Islands before­

a country of 50,000 beat the

world stage. As well as a laud­

independence, and the her­

year, I would have gone from

man from Southern England

hand, I knew they were a

former European Champi­

able atmosphere, there was

itage of their culture and

idolising Harry Kane to Hallur

has any business writing

remote island group, with a

ons? This must be the big­

a community far superior

native language to be kept

Hansson and Jóan Símun Ed­

about The North Atlantic ar­

tiny population, but this had

gest sporting shock of all-

to (and more genuine than)

intact against powerful exter­

mundsson.

chipelago islands.

not prepared me for what

time? This amazement was

the Premier League, this was

nal sources is nothing short

I was about to encounter.

heightened when I found

truly football at its finest and

of admirable. This heroic

I found the Faroe Islands in

My journey to this point start­

My eyes were met with the

discovered the large array

purest form.

mentality is replicated in the

a time of darkness. Through

ed on Friday 9th June 2017, a

most beautiful stadium, in

of high-quality professional

performances of the national

my mental health recovery,

date which had a defining

the most picturesque loca­

footballers for such a small

Faroe Islands may have lost

football team.

and still in my day to day life,

and profound influence on

tion, which I later found out

nation. Various players were

2-0 that day (which consid­

my life. During the usually

was the infamous ‘Tórsvøllur’

also part-timers, with oth­

ering the two nations is quite

As a life long Charlton Athlet­

ment in the bravery and de­

dreaded ‘international break’,

stadium. This view was com­

er jobs, playing and thriving

impressive), but this did not

ic fan, I am use to seeing my

fiance of this self-sufficient

feeling depressed with vari­

plemented by the thunder­

against some of Europe’s

deter my new-found en­

side lose their fair share of

Nordic island group’s story,

ous mental health issues, and

ous, tumultuous vocals of the

best, and being ranked with­

grossment. I took my explo­

games, and whilst the Faroe

not just in footballing terms

unfulfilled by the sterile and

imperious ‘Skansin’ (fittingly,

in the world’s top 100.

ration to the next step, and

Islands are no different in

and

gluttonous state of English

Faroese for ‘fort’) supporters,

researched the islands from

that respect, no amount of

against all odds, but in their

football, I randomly clicked

wearing and waving their na­

For my sins, I have always

a cultural point of view, to see

losses will discourage my

culture, ethos and heritage. 

on a stream for a game, in

tion’s flag with such honour

been a sucker for an under­

if I could gain some clarifica­

passion and respect for the

a desperate state of bore­

and enthusiasm, even when

dog, and this was the great­

tion behind this underdog

nation. I will be there in Mal­

dom. It was ‘Faroe Islands v

losing.

est underdog story of them

footballing team.

ta on the 23rd March for

(my name ‘Isaac Roblett’ is a

Switzerland’ (on the surface a rather dull and ponderous

all. The witnessing of a group I was dumbfounded; I could

of people coming together,

I gain solace and empower­

the match, beaming with as I was met with images of

much pride as if the country

their

incredible

rise


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Useful information OPENING HOURS

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.

bookstores and bars around the islands offer free Wi-Fi.

NIELS FINSENSGØTA 13

TÓRSHAVN

+298 315166


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“This is very unfortunate branding of our country,” laments former Faroese PM after dolphins hunt Written by

Whale driving on the Faroe

”dolp­hins”

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Islands date back to the late

and suggested that killing

16th century and involve resi­

dolph­ins is very bad for the

dents herding pods of whales

Faroe Islands, brand­ing­wise.

into shallow waters.

He wrote in a Facebook post

(springaradráp)

foll­ owing the slaughter: “I

More than 100 white-sided dolphins were herded and

They are then killed using a

think we should continue to

killed in Hvalvík on the island

‘spinal lance’ that is inserted

herd pilot whales, but today

of Streymoy last September.

through the animal’s neck to

I think we made the wrong

break its spinal cord. Faroese news website Por­

deci­sion to kill dolph­ins…Nic­ er and smarter, dolph­ins are

tal.fo originally wrote ”that

However, the hunt last Sep­

friends with kids all over the

a lot of people gathered on

tember appeared to have

world – kids who are going to

Hvalvík Beach to witness the

been carried out using both

eat our fish and salmon. This

killings which went fast and

spinal lances and normal

is very unfortunate branding

smooth.”

knives, which is likely to be

of our country.”

a slower and more painful However, according to Brit­

process.

Ms. Samuelsen also voiced her disapproval of the slaugh­

ish newspaper Daily Mail the killings did not exactly take

The slaughter was much crit­

ter. She wrote in a reader’s

cotts, if we give the interna­

Mr. Hoydal replied to MP

plans to change the current

place as smoothly as first re­

icized by international news

letter: “No one who has seen

tional society the percep-

Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen‘s

the current legislation on

ported by Faroese media.

outlets as well as several

the pictures from the dolphin

tion that we are primitive

(Sambandsflokkurin) enquiry

whal­ing in the Faroe Islands

Faroese politicians – includ­

slaughter can doubt that

barbarians,” Ms. Samuelsen

about the international re­

– presumably much to the

“While regulations state that

ing former PM Kaj Leo Holm

grave breaches of the “whale

stated.

sponse to the hunt by sug­

annoyance of

dolphins and whales should

Johannesen and Bjørt Sam­

law” (grindalógin) and the

gesting that the Faroe Islands

conservation

be killed using a special tool,

uelsen, who represents The

“animal protection law” are

However, Faroese fisheries

are used to this type of nega­

Sea Shepherd, which last

the

Republican Party (Tjóðveldi)

committed.

minister Høgni Hoydal (Tjóð­

tive publicity and that the in­

year offered the Faroese gov­

veldi/The Republican Party)

ternational protests against

ernment one million euros to

And when that happens, it

has made it abundantly clear

whaling have been more in­

end whaling. 

tense in the past.

video

(footage

from

American marine conserva­

in the Faroese parliament.

tion organization Sea Shep­ herd) appears to show is­

Mr. Johannesen made a clear

is not possible to just shrug

that the current Faroese gov­

landers using normal knives,”

distinction between killing ”pi­

one’s shoulders. We cannot

ernment has no plans to ban

reported Daily Mail.

lot whales” (grindadráp) and

ignore threats of trade boy­

dolphin killings.

Majority of Faroe Islanders oppose practice of dolphin hunting

non-profit organization

He added that he has no

Written by

ing”, also reveals that 85%

ducted in the wake of the

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

of Faroese respondents say

September dolphin slaughter

they approve of “whaling”

in the village of Hvalvík. 

(i.e. the killing of long-finned pilot whales, “grindadráp” in

According to a survey con­

Faroese), while 9% say they

ducted by spyr.fo for Kring­

are against it.

varp Føroya, 47% of re­ spondents said they do not

40% of those who said they

approve of dolphin killing,

oppose dolphin hunting ar­

while 35% of respondents

gued that it is damages the

said they approve of it. The

nation brand, while many ar­

remaining 18% were unsure.

gued that dolphin hunting is unnecessary.

The survey, which curiously makes a distinction between

400 people participated in

“whaling” and “dolphin kill­

the survey, which was con­


17


18

Hot

Coordinated by Torleif Joensen tj@local.fo

Ebenezer from Iceland My name is Ebenezer

The best thing about the peo­

Þórarinn Ásgeirsson (My

ple is how friendly they are.

name really doesn’t work

It is also so safe. Iceland is

in the Faroe Islands). 42

safe but you people are on

years old from Reykjavík

another level. I do not think

Iceland, father of two kids

I will ever get used to people

and I am a taxi driver (not

just letting themselves into

a priest).

my house or people expect­ ing me to just walk into their

When and why did you

house without knocking. Like

move to the Faroe islands?

if something does not fit in

I moved in December 2015

the mailbox the mailman

because of an amazing wom­

just puts it inside your house.

an. After living in Iceland for

If he did that in Iceland he

many years we wanted to try

would probably get arrested

living in the Faroes. We are

or at least fired.

still here and have no plans to leave.

What’s the worst thing about the Faroe islands

What was your first im-

and Faroese people?

pression of the Faroe Is-

Hmmmm, how to answer

lands and Faroese people?

this one without getting into

I first came here 13 years ago

trouble? The absolute worst

for work and did not see a

thing about the Faroe Islands

lot of the Islands. I spent all

is the weather. There is just

of my time working or just

one season and it is autumn,

in Tórshavn. Now I am lucky

a long extended horrible au­

enough to have my job take

tumn. It is never too cold and

me all over the Islands, and

it is never too warm, but my

my god it is breathtaking how

god does it rain.

beautiful it is. But having an umbrella is a

I do not listen to a lot of it

Everything gets turned into

Which other countries

If you could change

The Faroese are awesome

waste of time because it is

but I know a few really good

soup when it falls victim to

have you been to?

one thing in your life,

people who talk funny. Icelan­

always too windy to use one.

performers. Jens Marni and

half a liter of sauce ! And why

You want all of them? USA,

what would it be?

dic and Faroese are so close

So yeah, the weather!

Janus Mortensen, amazing

does pizza need dressing?

Canada,

Norway,

Had to think really hard on

voices! Danny and The Vee­

My favourite is pancakes with

Sweden, Denmark, England,

this one and I couldn’t think

but there are so many words

Mexico,

that have a completely differ­

The worst thing about the

tos, their music just makes

skerpikjöt. Could eat that ev­

Scotland, Germany, France,

of anything. I have an amaz­

ent meaning and can cause a

people is they wake up way

me smile. Eivör is of course

ery day.

Netherlands, Belgium, Lat­

ing girlfriend, fantastic kids

misunderstanding. You sleep

too late on weekends.

amazing and some of her

via, Austria, Switzerland, Italy,

and a stupid dog. Don‘t need

Spain and Israel.

to change a thing.

on the “dýna” (bed/mattress

collaborations are just pure

Where do you see

genius.

yourself in 10 years?

in Icelandic, duvet in Faroese)

What are the differences

with the “sæng” (duvet in Ice­

between the Faroe Islands

landic, bed/mattress in Faro­

and your home country?

Do you like Faroese

ese) on top of you. You need

Cheaper houses to start with.

food? If yes, what are

to fix this misunderstand­

It is like the housing market

your favorite dishes?

What are your strengths/

ing you have about which is

in Reykjavik had a 50% off

Well, you do some pretty

weaknesses?

Favorite book?

which.

sale. Everything is a bit more

strange things here , but not

You probably need to ask

Hitchhikers guide to the

relaxed and a little bit slower

all of it is good! I like skerpik­

some­one else about that!

Galaxy.

What’s the best thing

here and it makes no differ­

jöt (sheep meat) but ræst kjöt

about the Faroe Islands

ence if your clock is 15 min­

(fermented meat) is some­

What is top on your

Favorite movie?

who plan to move to

and Faroese people?

utes off.

thing I think you got from

bucket list?

What about Bob?

the Faroe Islands?

Satan himself! We Icelanders

I do not have a bucket list.

The amazing landscape takes

What would you do if you

Right here complaining about

I

the weather!

some, but I have lived in some

won one million DKK?

of these countries as well.

Pay down the loan on my

am

probably

forgetting

house, anything else would be stupid! What advice would you give to foreigners

my breath away every time.

Do you like Faroese music?

eat some pretty horrible food

When I take tourists around I

If yes, what are your favor-

but ræst kjöt is the winner of

What’s your

am right there besides them

ite bands?

all things most horrible. And

favorite quote?

taking pictures as well.

Yes, I love Faroese music.

what is the deal with sauce?

“Don‘t panic”

Bring waterproof warm clothing! 


19

Seat

Natasha from Indonesia My name is Natasha Clem-

when one is entering a room.

haps a teacher if possible. It

mensen. I am 49 yrs old,

I would be really glad if you

has fascinated me ever since

and I work at Faroe Pelag-

can tell me why. I have asked

my first months here that the

ic, Kollafjørður, where I am

hundreds of Faroe Islanders

Faroe Islands has the oldest

part of the packing staff.

about this. They are all doing

parliament in the World.

it but no one can explain to When and why did you

me why they are coughing

What are your strengths

when entering a room.

& weaknesses?

move to the Faroe Islands?

Strengths: Research, study &

I first came here in December

And I just don’t like to fall on

public speaking. Weakness­

2011 to meet my husband-

the ice when it’s slippery. I

es: Not physically strong and

to-be. We got married in June

do love walking on soft new

cannot do cleaning in a very

2012.

snow.

short time.

What was your first im-

What are the differences

What is top on your

pression of the Faroe Is-

between the Faroe Islands

bucket list?

lands and Faroese people?

and your home country?

To learn and speak Faroese

The Faroe Islands is the most

First, the foods. We use many

and Danish and be able to

beautiful country I’ve ever

spices and chili. Second, the

dream in these two languag­

been to. I had been traveling

weather. I hate hot weath­

es. And to start studying in

to the US, Canada, Australia,

er and had to live in 33-36

two years time. I also want to

Europe, Asia, New Zealand &

Celsius degrees in air condi­

be healthier.

Middle East for 12 years, so I

tioned rooms. Third, the ar­

was amazed and totally sur­

rogance of wealthy people,

What’s your

prised that the Faroe Islands

high ranking working people

favorite quote?

even existed. It looked so

in the government & the very

Life is a journey, travel it well.

magical when we were about

unsafe conditions, both at

(Heard it from BBC, 30 years

to land.

home and on the streets of

ago).

Indonesia. What’s the best thing

Which other countries

about the Faroe Islands

Do you like Faroese

have you been to?

and Faroese people?

music? If yes, what are

I have been to 7 cities in

Favorite book?

If you could change

What advice would

your favorite bands?

America: NY, LA, SD, SF, An­

“Les Miserables” by Victor

one thing in your life,

you give to foreigners

and

Yes. There are some singers &

chorage, Hi, Chicago. Cities

Hugo. I have read it perhaps

what would it be?

who plan to move to

strong. And (almost) every­

groups that I like: Jens Marni

in Australia: Melbourne, Syd­

40 times. Then I also like oth­

I would have liked to have

the Faroe Islands?

one can knit and make very

Hansen, Kim Hansen, Fræn­

ney, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane,

er classics by Mark Twain, Al­

children before the age of 25.

Try to enjoy this lovely beau­

good desserts.

dur, Eyðun & Terji, Hanus

Cairns.

exander Dumas, H.C. Ander­

I was too afraid and was not

tiful country as much as you

sen, Charlotte Bronte, Jane

sure about having one until

can. Try to like the foods (bet­

Canada: Vancouver &

Austin, Shakespeare, Agatha

I become 40 years old. Even

ter to love them though) and

Toronto

Christie, Ian Ogilvy, all of Old

though I love children and

it is best to be able to lead a

Shatterhands and Winnetou

being with them.

conversation in Faroese. 

People

are

beautiful,

very

friendly,

handsome

G, Brandur Enni. And many Living here is very very com­

more. Couldn’t pick just one.

fortable and safe. You don’t have to worry about theft,

Do you like Faroese

robberies & crime. I love to

foods? If yes, what are

live in a place without a fence,

your favorite dishes?

locked doors & wrought iron

I love them. Especially “skjer­

Europe: Paris, London, Some

on your windows.

pikjøt” (sheep meat) and tur­

cities of Netherlands, some

ra grind with spik (dry whale

cities of Switzerland, Vienna,

So many good books. I enjoy

meat with blubber).

Greece, Rome, Frankfurt.

reading all of them.

Conditions are safe and there

New Zealand

books by Karl May, almost all of John Grisham’s novels

What would you do if you

about law.

won one million DKK? I would save half of it, pay

is almost no murder which

the house and perhaps do something,

like

encourag­

ing children to love read­

of course comes from the

Where do you see

Asia: Japan, South Korea,

Favorite movie?

ing and having good ac­

very intelligent way of living.

yourself in 10 years?

China, Singapore, Malaysia,

Joy Luck Club, Schindler’s List,

cess

I am preparing myself to

Taiwan & Hong Kong.

In the name of the Father,

books in some countries.

What’s the worst thing

study in Faroese and Danish.

about the Faroe islands

Not sure yet what I want to

Middle East: Some cities in

Michael Collins and some

and Faroese people?

study. I really like politics and

UAE including Dubai and Abu

animations (Gruesome/Hotel

I do not understand this par­

law. I do not want to become

Dhabi, Jordan, KSA, Kishi Is­

Transylvania).

ticular gesture of coughing

a politician or lawyer, but per­

land & Kuwait.

The Last of the Mohicans,

to

heroic/educating


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KEN JONES & BIRGITTE SCHNAKENBURG

2 JUN ØRÐAVÍKARLÍÐ, SUÐUROY 100 DKK

SUMMARTÓNAR: TURA YA MOYA - "SJÓGVUR / HAVETS VEJE"

3. AUGUST IN THE ART GALLERY OF SANDUR

FAROE ISLANDS - SPAIN

7 JUN TÓRSHAVN (CAPITAL) 200 DKK

SUMMARFESTIVALUR

8-10 AUG KLAKSVÍK, NORÐOYGGJAR 200-1.000 DKK

SUNDALAGSSTEVNA REGIONAL FESTIVAL

8 JUNE – HVALVÍK. BOAT RACES WITH TRADITIONAL FAROESE ROWING BOATS AND OTHER VILLAGE FAIR EVENTS

SUMMARTÓNAR IN SKÚGVI: ADAM LEVIN & JÓN FESTIRSTEIN

9. AUGUST SKÚGVI. (KL 16.00 KIRKJAN)

8 JUN DJÓRADAGUR Í HÚSAVÍK HÚSAVÍK, SANDOY (FAMILY DAY) 50 DKK

SUMMARTÓNAR SPÆLIMENN

10. AUGUST IN SKÚGVI (KL. 16, SKÚLIN)

FAROE ISLANDS NORWAY

10 JUN TÓRSHAVN (CAPITAL) 200 DKK

AYUMI TANAKA , IVAR MYRSET ASHEIM, BÁRÐUR POULSEN

11 AUG ØRÐAVÍKARLÍÐ, SUÐUROY 100 DKK

HEIMABLÍDNI: DINNER WITH DURITA AND FRÓÐI

11 JUN - 6 AUG HOYVÍK, STREYMOY 590 DKK

SJÓMANNADAGUR

17. AUGUST KLAKSVÍK

SENIOR EVENT

12-13 JUN SØRVÁGUR, VÁGAR 220 DKK

VESTURSKIN - CULTURE WEEK

18-24 AUG SØRVÁGUR, VÁGAR FREE

MONDAY AND THURS­ DAY CONCERTS AT SUMMARTONAR 2019

13 JUN - 15 AUG TÓRSHAVN (CAPITAL) FREE

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JÓANSØKUBÁL

15. JUNI SANDUR, SANDOY

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23-25 AUG FUGLAFJØRÐUR, EYSTUROY 450-650 DKK

SØRVÁGS COUNTRY AND BLUES FESTIVAL

13-15 JUN SØRVÁGUR, VÁGAR 500 DKK

LATE SUMMER DAYS IN SANDUR

23-25 AUG SANDUR, SANDOY FREE

JÓSEF ZACHARIASSEN

16 JUN ØRÐAVÍKARLÍÐ, SUÐUROY 100 DKK

THE COD HUNTERS BY JOHN GOODLAD

23. AUGUST IN THE ART GALLERY OF SANDUR

2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VACCINES & VACCIN

17-18 JUN VÁGUR, SUÐUROY 549 DKK

ÚTILÍV ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

4-8 SEP TÓRSHAVN (CAPITAL) 985 DKK

CONCERT WITH ACOUSTIC EIDOLON AND THOMAS LOEFKE

27 JUN MYKINES, VÁGAR 50 DKK

CULTURE DAYS IN FUGLAFJØRÐUR

5-8 SEP. FUGLAFJØRÐUR. FREE. A COLOURFUL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN, ORIGINAL EVENTS

WARM SPRING FESTIVAL

29 JUNE. FUGLAFJØRÐUR. BOAT RACES WITH TRADITIONAL FAROESE ROWING BOATS AND OTHER TOWN FAIR EVENTS

FAROE ISLANDS MOST BEAUTIFUL HALFMARATHON

7 SEP GÁSADALUR, VÁGAR 250-450 DKK

VOXBOTN MUSIC FESTIVAL

29 JUN TÓRSHAVN, STREYMOY 100-650 DKK

CULTURE DAYS IN SUNDA MUNICIPALITY

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ACOUSTIC EIDOLON & THOMAS LOEFKE

30 JUN ØRÐAVÍKARLÍÐ, SUÐUROY 100 DKK

POTATO-FESTIVAL IN SANDUR

28 SEP SANDUR, SANDOY FREE

SANDOYARSTEVNA IN SKÁLAVÍK

5-7 JUL SKÁLAVÍK, SANDOY FREE


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Bakkafrost seeks to create a more sustainable and greener Faroe Islands Written by

ing about 100,000 tonnes of

“It shows together with the

est fish farming company in

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

biological waste from Bakkaf­

integrated logo that the goal

the world.

rost’ hatcheries and farmers

of the company is to help the

around the Faroes.

Faroese society towards a

Regin Jacobsen and his moth­

greener Faroe Islands,” wrote

er Oddvør Jacobsen are the

Bakkafrost.

main owners of Bakkafrost,

Bakkafrost‘ plans to build a

Initially, the goal is to produce

new biogas plant in the Faroe

heating for 400 homes and

Islands is well on its way.

electricity for 1,900 houses.

Oddvør Jacobsen owns 9.5% FÖRKA will be of part of the

of the shares and Regin Ja­

Bakkafrost Group.

cobsen owns 9.3% of the

Bakkafrost announced ear­

FÖRKA’ production will save

lier this year that a contract

the Faroese environment for

Bakkfrost is a Faroese salm­

more than 3000 different

has been signed with a con­

11,000 tonnes of CO₂ emis­

on farming company based

share owners from 22 coun­

structor on the construction

sions and in this way, FÖRKA

in Glyvrar on the island of

tries. 

of the plant. The company

will help create a more sus­

Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands.

also announced that the new

tainable and greener Faroe

biogas business will be called

Islands.

shares. There are currently

Bakkafrost

is

the

largest

fish farming company in the

FÖRKA. Bakkafrost stated that the

Faroe Islands, and one of the

FÖRKA will according to plan

name is a composition of FÖ

bigg­ est private employer in

be ready for production in

(Faroe Islands) and Orka (En­

the islands, if not the biggest.

Q1 2020 and will be process­

ergy).

Bakkafrost is the eighth-larg­

86% of Bakkafrost salmon ASC certified Written by

audit seven further farming

its sustainability plan. This

CEO Regin Jacobsen said: “We

Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

sites to ASC standard bring­

includes the launch of a DKK

are now one year into our

ing the total to 14 by the end

10 million community invest­

Healthy Living Plan. While we

of 2019, which if certified

ment fund, plans to build

are very pleased with prog­

will make up 86% of the har­

the Faroe Islands first biogas

ress against our commit­

vest. Two further sites have

plant, and continued prog­

ments, we unfortunately had

Bakkafrost has announced

already been certified since

ress introducing measures

an elevated fish mortality

that 86% of all salmon har­

January.

to minimise environmental

rate in 2018 due to a number

impacts on the fjords.

of unforeseen circumstanc­

vested in 2019 will be ASC certified. In the company’s

The ASC standard works with

second Sustainability Report,

aquaculture producers, sea­

Since launching the plan,

celerating work to minimise

the Faroese salmon producer

food processors, retail and

the company has taken a

our impact on the fjords will

reports accelerated progress

foodservice companies, sci­

number of steps to embed

be our focus in 2019, but I am

to have all farming sites certi­

entists, conservation groups

sustainability across its value

confident we will achieve this

fied as part of its Healthy Liv­

and consumers to promote

chain, signing up to the ten

through increased certifica­

ing Sustainability Plan, taking

responsibly farmed seafood.

principles of the UN Glob­

tion of our operations.” 

the total number of sites cer­

es. Addressing this, and ac­

al Compact, and increasing

tified from four to 7 in 2018

The Bakkafrost 2018 Healthy

transparency in the sourc­

(one more than planned).

Living Sustainability Report

ing of its feed ingredients by

provides readers with the

joining the Ocean Disclosure

first update, one year into

Project.

The company commits to


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Practice your Suduko skills

Guess the Faroese mountains

Name

Place

Elevation Latitude/Longitude

1

S——TT——ATIN——R

Eysturoy

882 m

62.295 / -7.031

2

G—Á—E—LI

Eysturoy

882 m

62.31 / -7.003

3

—ORN——LL—

Streymoy

749 m

62.067 / -6.967

4

Á—NAF——LL

Vágar

722 m

62.126 / -7.443

5

EY——URTIN———

Vágar

714 m

62.116 / -7.398

6

GLU—G——NIR

Suðuroy

610 m

61.55 / -6.867

7

—ORG——KNA——UR

Suðuroy

574 m

61.499 / -6.802

8

—UNGU——JAL—

Streymoy

532 m

62.037 / -6.898

9

K—ÚKU—

Sandoy

393 m

61.767 / -6.85

Eysturoy

392 m

62.286 / -7.01

10 EI——SSK——Ð


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