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The Northeast is the Faroese Bible belt while Tórshavn’s the secular cradle PAGE 11

The financial pirate, son of Kjølbro, rose to the Swiss top PAGE 16 PAGE 14

From Kolkata to. Sirkus Föroyar: . I consider myself an. Indian-Faroese now.

KOKS moves up to No. 46 in Europe PAGE 18


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Welcome to the Faroe Islands! Editor Jóhann Lützen johann@local.fo

In this special edition we focus on tourism and leisure on the Faroe Islands. First and foremost we wish to convey the message that we are proud to present our islands to visitors from abroad, and sincerely hope that they get a warm welcome, a pleasant stay, and return with both a feeling of being enriched with experience and a wish to return.

With a population of just above 50,000 that is part Norwegian and part Irish in origin, these 18 remote islands today boast a modern welfare state. The archipelago’s history in terms of population is relatively short, only approximately a millennium and a half in total. Originally populated by first Irish monks, then Norwegian vikings, the islands were independant in the first millennium A.D. The year 1035 AD is usually recognized as the year that Norway claimed the islands. This year the last free chieftain, Tróndur í Gøtu – a statue of whom can be seen in the village of Norðragøtu in Eysturoy – died, and with him the resistance of alle-

giance to the Norwegian crown. Later on, in 1380, Norway in its entirety united with Denmark, and the islands have been a part of the Danish Kingdom ever since, even after mainland Norway was ceded by Sweden in 1814. Today the Faroes are a modern country, mainly modelled after the Scandinavian welfare states. Most of the local affairs are administered by the Home Rule in Tórshavn, however some issues like the courts, navy, and police are still Danish affairs. The islands have worked hard to get “another leg to stand on” in addition to fishery as the main economic income source, and the prospects

of a flourishing tourism seem very promising. In the magazine at hand, you can read about the Faroese cuisine from handmade chocolates to the only Michelin-star restaurant on the islands, both proudly basing their products on using almost solely local ingredients. You can also read about a cultural event-bynight in early June, followed by an article on the national football stadium. Or you can indulge in the enlightning survey about the religious differences on the islands. In short, it appears that the Faroe Islands have their own “bible-belt” (or bible-bandana), where the seven northeastern­most

islands, the Fugloy, Svínoy, Viðoy, Borðoy, Kunoy, and Kalsoy (colloquially known as Norðoyggjar), and Eyst­ur­ oy have a significantly higher percentage of a religious, primarily Christian, population than the rest of the Faroe Islands. The western, southern, and central parts of the islands are notably more secularized according to the survey. If you are more interested in international affairs, we also bring articles about the Bitcoin currency, the Vela watches, a profile of the new chief executive officer of the national airport, and an interview with a Sri Lankan who has moved to the islands.   This magazine will also pro-

vide you with a comprehensive event calendar. Throughout the magazine, you will find a wide variety of advertisements for restaurants, hotels, a music festival, excursions, several municipalities, and travel operators, all of which we can recommend.   Once again, we wish you welcome to the Faroe Islands and hope you will enjoy your stay. 

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Gómagott receives Innovator of the Year Award Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

in 2015 and was originally housed in a building in East Tórshavn that used to be a bakery many years ago.

Local Tórshavn-based company Gómagott, which produces chocolate and other delicacies to the Faroese market, was named the 2018 Innovator of the Year at the annual Innovators Day earlier this month.

However, as the company grew more popular among chocolate hungry Faroe Islanders, it moved to downtown Tórshavn and is now housed within the bus terminal-building in Steina­ tún.

Gómagott, which is run by Kirstin Hammer and her husband Høgni, started its production of assorted boxed chocolates back

Since its opening in Steinatún in November 2016, the very popular Gómagott has also been a café and confectionery.

The 2018 Innovators Day was held in Öström, a clothing store & cultural house in downtown Tórshavn. 


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Nielsen’s “Gudahøvd” nominated for the Nordic Council Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

The national members of the adjudicating committee for the Nordic Council Literature Prize has nominated ”Gudahøvd” by Faroese author Jóanes Nielsen for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2018. 64-year-old Nielsen, who has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize on six previous occasions

– in 1988, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2012 and 2013 – is a poet of the 1980s generation. He has written short stories, plays and novels and has published several collections of poetry. One of his main influences is the writer William Heinesen, who features in some of his poems.

grunnur Studentafelagsins in November 2017.

As a writer Nielsen is mainly associated with a political and often existential message.

The thirteen nominees for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2018 are:

The winner of the prize and DKK 350,000 will be announced on 30 October at the Oslo Opera House in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council, writes Norden.org.

Denmark “Gudahøvd” is Nielsen’s 10th poetry collection and was released by Mentunar-

Velsignelser by Caroline Albertine Minor. Short stories, Rosinante, 2017. Indigo.

Roman om en barndom by Vita Andersen. Novel, Rosinante, 2017.

ussiviuvoq by Magnus Larsen. Autobiography, Maanuup atuakkiorfia, 2017.

Finland

Iceland

God morgon by Susanne Ringell. Short prose, Förlaget M, 2017. Ontto harmaa by Olli-Pekka Tennilä. Poetry collection, Poesia, 2016.

Ör by Auður Ava Ólafs­ dóttir. Novel, Benedikt bóka­ útgáfa, 2016. Ljóð muna rödd by Sigurður Páls­ son. Poetry collection, JPV Útgáfa, 2016.

Faroe Islands Gudahøvd by Jóanes Nielsen. Poetry collection, Ment­ unar­grunnur Studentafelag­­ sins, 2017.

Greenland Illinersiorluni ingerlavik in-

Norway

Sweden Tapeshavet by Gunnar D Hans­ son. Poetry collection, Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2017. Doften av en man by Agneta Pleijel. Novel, Norstedts, 2017.

Åland Algot by Carina Karlsson. Novel, Schildts & Söderströms, 2017. 

Jeg har ennå ikke sett verden by Roskva Koritzinsky. Short stories, Aschehoug, 2017. Begynnelser by Carl Frode Tiller. Novel, Aschehoug, 2017.

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West Stand of Tórsvøllur expected to be completed by October 2020 Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

The fourth and final stage of the construction process of Tórsvøllur Stadium – the national football stadium in the Faroe Islands – has now been approved by the city council of Tórshavn. Local company J&K Petersen has been given the job to the complete the West Stand of the stadium, and it is expected to be completed by October 2020. Upon completion the West

Stand capacity will be approximately 1.730 while the total capacity at Tórsvøllur Stadium will be 4.920. Hence, when sold out around 10% of the Faroese population will be attending a football match at Tórsvøllur Stadium. The record attendance for a football match in the Faroe Islands stands at 6.642, set at a World Cup Qualifiers between the Faroe Islands and Malta at Svangaskarður Stadium (Toftir) on 8 June 1997. Tórsvøllur Stadium originally opened in 1999. 


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Faroese capital of culture Gøta ready to welcome thousands of music lovers to another season of groovy festivals Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Over the past two decades, Gøta, on Eysturoy, has become the place to feel the heartbeat of some of Faroes’ most exciting music. The famous G! Festival is Gøta’s flagship event, attracting thousands of music lovers every summer since the early 2000s. But now,at this time of year, G!’s young cousin – HOYMAbit is another attraction drawing residents and visitors alike to the village. The festival has a Spring run from May un-

til the end of June and then again from mid-August to mid-September. “HOYMAbit takes its name from the Faroese for ‘home’ and ‘bite’, so it’s all about people coming together and enjoying good music and good food, which is still such a big part of Faroese culture” says Jón Tyril, one of the founders of G! Festival and HOYMA. “HOYMAbit is intimate, handmade and exclusive but at the same time down to earth. One of the real attractions,” Jón adds, “is that the concerts are held in people’s homes, adding that touch

of warmth and real Faroese hospitality.” Meanwhile, preparations are well underway for G! Festival 2018, named by the London Times last year as one of the best festivals in Europe, and described by the Guardian as “probably the wildest event on the Festival Calendar”. Now in its 17th year, G! will this summer bring a wide range of top international acts like Rag’n’Bone Man, Faithless and Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, to perform on the beach in Syðragøta – the southern part of Gøta, that is.

The G! Festival was the first real outdoor music festival ever held in the Faroe Islands. Around 1000 people bought tickets to the first festival in 2002, and ticket sales have grown steadily ever since. So has the will and desire to create new innovative music events, and that’s why the village of Gøta has also become known for HOYMA music festival and HOYMAbit. HOYMA music festival started in 2013 and has featured some of the best known Faroese performers in the line up – including Eivør, Marius Ziska, Hamferð,

Lena Anderssen, Hanus G. Johansen, Kári Sverrisson, Lyon, Guðrið Hansdóttir, Greta Svabo Bech as well as many others. Open doors, hospitality and the love of music and people is what drives the HOYMA festival where 10 village families open their homes to be venues for this annual event. Featuring leading Faroese artists in the most intimate settings imaginable HOYMA is a unique way to experience Faroese music, culture and society. HOYMA 2018 is held on October 20th. 

For more information on HOYMAbit visit: hoymabit.fo G! Festival visit: gfestival.com HOYMA visit: hoyma.fo


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Fall celebration in Eiði 17 – 21 October 2018

– a celebration based on the culture of Faroese harvesting traditions, located at the beautiful village of Eiði.

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The Northeast is the Faroese Bible belt while Tórshavn’s the secular cradle Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

According to a recent survey carried out by KVF and Faroese research-based company Lóður, 71% of the interviewed from the Northeast area of the Faroe Islands (Eysturoy, Klaksvík and Norðoyggjar) replied ”yes” when they were asked if ”is there a personal god”, while only 44% of the interviewed from from the Tórshavn area (Suðurstreymoy) replied ”yes” to the question about the existence of a personal god. These results, which were presented earlier this year during the first episode of

a KVF six-part miniseries about religious life in the Faroe Islands, show stark differences between the Northeast and the Tórshavn region, respectively, when it comes to questions about God’s existence. It will perhaps come as no surprise to most Faroese that a strong majority of people in the Northeast area of the Faroe Islands claim that they believe in a personal God, while people in the Tórshavn area tend to be more secular. According to the survey, only 4% of the interviewed from Norðoyggjar replied that they agreed with the statement that ”there is no true religion”, while around

33% of the interviewed from Suðurstreymoy agreed with this statement. Overall, 81% of the interviewed replied that they believe in a personal God/ higher power while 19% replied that they doubt/or do not believe there is a personal God/higher power. 532 people participated in the survey. 


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The remarkable story behind Dávur Allan Nielsen's maritime watch success Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Faroese Dávur Allan Nielsen sailed the seas for many years as the chief office of the Seven Seas, but one and a half years ago, he was struck by the inspiration to create a watch collection inspired by his life at sea. Things took off. The most recent addition to the collection is watches with country maps on their faces. Watch design is an interesting thing. How many times can you really change the design on the face of a watch? A fair amount of times – and it can be a major advantage if the designer

wasn’t trained in the watch industry, as this opens the door for new ideas.

out that there was plenty of demand for his product – but he would have to find a way to stand out from the crowd.

Such is the case of Dávur Allan Nielsen, who was born in the Faroe Islands, but now lives in Denmark, acting as chief officer on a Danish tug. After two decades at sea and a shipmaster education, suffice to say that he has done a bit of everything at sea. – I’ve been working in the maritime industry since I was 16 or 17 years old. I’ve gone fishing on a Faroese trawler in the Barents Sea, spent a few years on fishing ships from Ålesund, and worked in the offshore industry for the past 12 years, says Dávur Allan Nielsen during an interview with Local.fo.

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Designed watches on his night shift One day Dávur simply decided to set a new course for his life, embarking on a mission of designing and manufacturing watches inspired by his life at sea.

I was sitting there, drawing a compass that just ended up becoming a watch. All of a sudden, I had the idea to have the watch manufactured and get it in circulation, says Dávur Allan Nielsen.

– It was a bit random. One night two years ago, I was working the night shift, and

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For that reason, the first collection of watches were inspired by the life at sea with which he was familiar. The brand came to be known as Vela, which is Latin for ‘to sail’ and the first watches were given the names Compass, Loading Line and Engine Telegraph.

Country maps on the watch faces The marine watches became an instant hit and are now sold by retailers and the web shop internationally. The collection of watches has been expanded recently, with watches

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that have country maps on their faces. It is now possible to purchase watches with every map from Denmark and the Faroe Islands to Russia, Japan, and the United States. The success he has experienced with the watches means that Dávur has less time to spend sailing. – I don’t sail much anymore, but once in a while, I go out for two weeks at a time. I’m in the process of designing new watches at the moment, including a new compass watch, because I think there are a lot of possible improvements from the initial model, says Dávur Allan Nielsen. 

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Srikanya´s road from Kolkata to Sirkus Föroyar: I consider myself an Indian-Faroese now Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Sirkus Föroyar – trendy bar, restaurant and venue in the heart of Tórshavn – is most definitely the go-to place if you are heading out for first class Indian food in the Faroe Islands.

the years rolled by Sunneva realised that the demand for tasty bar food – especially varieties of vegetarian and vegan food – was enormous. Later on, after she had coincidentally met Srikanya Nandi at the Faroese immigration office in Tórshavn, she put Indian food on the menu and hired Srikanya. This was two years ago.

The two innovators who have made this Indian option in downtown Tórs­havn possible are Sunneva Háberg Eysturstein (33), owner and manager of Sirkus Föroyar, and Srikanya Nandi, aka Keka (38) – the brilliant chef who first moved to the Faroe Islands back in 2001. Originally, Sirkus Föroyar was not a restaurant, but as

Srikanya´s story is quite an interesting one. She and her husband, Aritra Nandy, originally moved from Kolkata to the Faroe Islands in 2001 after Aritra had been appointed as new head coach of the Faroe Islands national badminton team. Aritra coahced the national team from 2001 to 2004 when he and his wife moved back to India.

But in 2008, Aritra returned to the Faroe islands for a second spell in charge of the national badminton team – with Srikanya following suit. Srikanya – who has lived in Vestmanna, Miðvágur and Tórshavn during her time in the Faroe Islands – worked at a fish factory and restaurant in the Faroe Islands before she eventually met Sunneva. – It was very easy for me to come to the Faroe Islands in the first place, back in 2001. People were very friendly to me and my husband and people looked up to us and respected us. I feel lucky beacuse of that. – We never got this feeling

of being lonely or isolated as we were very engaged in Faroese society with badminton and all. My husband was the coach of the national team while I was the coach of a youth team, Srikanya tells Local.fo when we asked her about the early days in the Faroe Islands. Srikanya does not speak Faroese and finds the pronunciation difficult but she has, nevertheless, come to understand more and more of the Faroese language over the years. – I consider myself an Indian-Faroese now. When I went back to India, I dreamt about the Faroe Islands every night, Srikanya says. However, it is unlikely that Sri-

kanya dreamt sweet dreams about the smell of fermented meat – at least not before she eventually became accustomed to it, that is. – In the beginning, I was wondering what that smell was. My neighbor was cooking and I thought to myself ”well, maybe something is wrong with his pipe”. It was a really different experience, Srikanya recalls when asked about what it was like to expericence fermented meat for the first time in the Faroe Islands. Srkianya considers herself and her family – i.e. husband and two children – as very ”foody”. – I keep two spice boxes in the kitchen here in Sirkus

and I buy fresh ingredients and do a lot of research on food. I love cooking Indian food. I am very proud of the Indian culture – and so are most Indians. – So this is my passion and this is why Sunneva and I are such a good fit. She loves running the bar and all while I love experimenting with cooking. Originally, I was thinking – or maybe dreaming – of starting my own Indian restaurant here in the Faroe Islands but then Sunneva came along and made me an offer and that was that, Srikanya says. And that was that – for now. 


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The financial pirate, son of Kjølbro, rose to the Swiss top Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

In the late 1980s, he was a regular pupil at ”Venjingarskúlin”, a primary school in Tórshavn. In 2018, he is not so regular anymore. Niklas Nikolajsen, born in 1975, is an early adopter, investor and FinTech entrepreneur in the field of cryptocurrencies and cryptofinance. Although a citizen of Denmark, Nikolajsen has been a Swiss resident since 2011. A computer science graduate from Copenhagen, Niklas worked professionally as a software architect and developer from 1998 until 2012; during the later years of his career mostly in the financial sector. In 2013, he co-founded Bitcoin Suisse AG, a leading broker, asset manager and financial service provider in the field of crypto finance. This company became the first Bitcoin financial service provider to provide services to a public entity (the town of Zug). Since 2010, Niklas has been a frequent commentator and outspoken proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain technology, particularly in Switzerland. In 2016, he was named a top-100-influential Swiss banker by the Swiss financial magazine BILANZ. Nikolajsen’s heritage can be traced back to the Faroe Islands for many, many generations. He retains a close link to his family in the Faroes, knows the culture and very much considers the Faroe Islands an integral part of his past and heritage. – My great grandfather was

J.F. Kjølbro (born Joensen), my grandfather was Ewald Kjølbro and my mother was Ewald’s 2nd daughter, Marita Kjølbro. Before that, our family ties are close to that of the Niclasen family – from which I am named – and further back in the distant past, Magnus Heinason, Niklas explains in an interview with Local.fo. Niklas states that he has visited the Faroe Islands many times during his life, including a 10 month stay when he was 13-14 years of age. He finds it amusing that his great-grandfather and grandfather were also engaged in issuing their own currency – from 1929-1933

– and that he continues that tradition, albeit from Switzerland. Perhaps it runs in our veins, he tells Local.fo. When Niklas was very young, he dreamt about becoming an archaeologist or, maybe more specifically, a treasure hunter. Later, history and chemistry became his great interest. However, with the breakthrough of the Internet in the late 90’ties, he switched his interest to software development. – When I discovered Bitcoin in 2010, I had already been loosely part of the CypherPunk movement for some years. Having at that time a 15 year background as a software developer and

architect at that time, for a large part in the banking sector, and a keen interest in finance, I immediately knew this was something I wanted to work with, Niklas explains. He first heard about Bitcoin in 2010, and in late 2010 he bought Bitcoin for initially 150 USD, then 800 USD, and by late January-early February 2011 he had invested around 1000 USD and owned a bit more than 1000 BTC. He had also received bitcoin locally in Copenhagen for various services. All of these first bitcoin cost on average much less than 1 USD per. Piece. – I immediately saw Bitcoin

as something completely revolutionary, solving core problems which had otherwise always been with us: how do you generate consensus in a safe and decentralized fashion, and how to you maintain a ledger without a central trusted party, Niklas explains. When asked if he is someone who sees opportunities and who likes to take risks, he is adamant. – No, I am in no way a gambling man as you indicate. Yes, I went into Bitcoin with a large part of my net worth and I switched career entirely to build a financial institution, working with this topic. But I did so cautiously

and professionally and not in any reckless fashion. If you act recklessly, you have no place in finance, managing other peoples money, Niklas states. After discovering Bitcoin in 2010, by 2011 Niklas had decided that he wanted to work professionally with it. He decided to found a Broker & Wealth managing company, specifically to work with a crypto-asset focus. At the time, he worked as a software architect in Denmark, but he did not consider Denmark the best jurisdiction for such a venture. Thus, he started to look abroad. After considering many different options, including


17 London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and even New Zealand, Niklas decided in 2011 on moving to Switzerland. – Arriving in Switzerland, I took a job as a software architect in Credit Suisse, the largest Swiss Bank, and started looking for financial backing to create what would later become Bitcoin Suisse. For 18 months inside Credit Suisse I preached Bitcoin to all I met, and succeeded in raising the capital needed for my venture, and Bitcoin Suisse (which I actually named after ‘Credit Suisse’) was founded in 2013. – Where I see myself in 10 years? By then I assume Bitcoin Suisse will be a very large financial institution and the world’s leading crypto-bank. I will probably be the chairman of the board, and outside of work, and hopefully I will have a family together with my fiancee, Niklas answers when we asked him where he sees himself in ten years. Niklas has been referred to as a financial terrorist in the past. We asked him how he

feels about that particular reference: – I might have been called that once or twice in the early years, but by now just about everyone see the potential in blockchain technology and tokenization, even if they remain skeptical to Bitcoin itself. More commonly I am called “The Financial Pirate”, in reference to both

my long hair and beard, the way I dress, but certainly also because I went and founded a multi-billion dollar financial institution without the support of the traditional banking- and financial scene, and because we succeeded against everyone expectations, Niklas says. Niklas does not think the success he has had over

the past couple of years has changed him as a person. – But the journey certainly has opened my eyes in a great many ways and I am today a much wiser and calmer person, than I ever was before. I am also very proud of what we have accomplished. But as to the money topic, everyone thinks that wealth will

change one’s life, but in reality, it changes very little. Is Bitcoin going to revolutionize society? – Yes! In a few years, just about everything will be tokenized and we’ll be in the midst of a 2nd Internet revolution, as the Internet of information changes to become the Internet of things and the Internet of value. Every human being on earth

will be connected into the same global economy and innovation and wealth creation will reach new heights. In this bright new future, Bitcoin has shown the way and will continue to play an important role, Niklas argues. 


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KOKS moves up to No. 46 on list of Europe's best restaurants

Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

Faroese restaurant KOKS, widely regarded as the best restaurant in the Faroe Islands, has reached another impressive milestone as it has been ranked in 46th place on OAD´s list of Top 100+ European Restaurants 2018. The hugely popular restaurant has taken quite a leap up the OAD-ranking since last

year when it was ranked as No.78 restaurant in Europe. This is not the first time KOKS has been honoured with international praise. Last year KOKS was named the second best restaurant in the Danish kingdom by the annual White Guide. Back then, White Guide had this to say about Poul Andrias, head chef at KOKS: “He has a superior ability to produce completely unique flavours based on locally sourced produce. Poul is the present – and the future.”

In February 2017, KOKS became the first Faroese restaurant to be awarded with a Michelin star, and in February 2018 KOKS retained the Michelin star. As for the list of Top 100+ European Restaurants 2018, Swiss restaurant Schloss Schauenstein took the #1 spot, while Swedish restaurant Fäviken came in at No.2. Spanish restaurant Etxebarri came in third place, while French restaurant L’Arpège took fourth spot. 


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Up­ coming events

The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands.

When: May 1st - Aug 31st Where: Listasavn Føroya

Tempus Fugit - App about the Seal Woman

When: 2. June - 31. Dec 2018 Where: Tórshavn

Rent a bike

When: 26. June - 26. June 2018 Where: Norðoya Kunningarstova, Klaksvík

Cheese & Wine - Every Friday

When: 12. February - 31. August 2018 Where: Fútastova, Tórshavn

Homemade - Every Friday

When: 16. March - 30. September 2018 Where: Frumbiti, Tórshavn

Guided bus tours

When: 29. April - 22. October 2018 Where: Kirkjubø, Garðahúsið, Gjógv, Saksun

The Cathedral open this summer

When: 1. May - 31. August 2018 Where: Havnar kirkja, Tórshavn

Pub Quiz in Maverick Barr

When: 14. June - 13. June 2018 Where: Klaksvík

Pub Quiz in Roykstovan Pub

When: 14. June - 13. June 2018 Where: Klaksvík

Summartónar

When: 11. May - 25. August 2018 Where: Different places

Rappelling in Sandoy

When: 12. May. - 21. Jul. 2018 Where: VisitSandoy, Sandoy

Exhibition of Faroese posters

When: 22. May. - 28. Jun. 2018 Where: Streymoy, Streymoy

Samferðsla í 100 ár, framsýning í Múllers Pakkhúsi

When: 31. May. - 17. Jun. 2018 Where: Múllers Pakkhús, Streymoy

Summer Tunes Grotto Concert

When: 3. Jun. - 28. Aug. 2018 Where: Hestur - Klæmintsgjógv, Streymoy

Communications for 100 year- Exhibition

When: 6. Jun. - 17. Jun. 2018 Where: Múllers Pakkhús, Streymoy

Summer Tunes: Cultural Evening at Gjáargarður

When: 6. Jun. - 29. Aug. 2018 Where: Gjógv - Gjáargarður, Eysturoy

Summer Tunes: Concert in Blábar

When: 7. Jun. - 23. Jun. 2018 Where: Blábar, Streymoy

Dinner Club Fishermans house

When: 9. Jun. - 27. Aug. 2018 Where: Tórshavn/Hoyvík

Meat and wine in Restuarant Katrina Christiansen

When: 10. Jun. - 29. Sep. 2018 Where: Katrina Christiansen, Streymoy

Summer Tunes in the Nordic House

When: 11. Jun. - 13. Aug. 2018 Where: Norðurlandahúsið, Streymoy

Fremmanda gentan og Gullringurin

When: 12. Jun. - 13. Jun. 2018 Where: Tjóðpallurin, Streymoy

Concert in Tutl

When: 13. Jun. 2018, Wednesday Where: Tutl , Streymoy

Sørvágs Country & Blues Festival

When: 14. Jun. - 16. Jun. 2018 Where: Sørvágur , Streymoy

Erik Haagemann in Smiðjan in Lítluvík

When: 14. Jun. - 19. Jun. 2018 Where: Smiðjan í Lítluvík, Streymoy

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 14. Jun. 2018, Thursday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Arnold Ludvig Quintet

When: 14. Jun. 2018, Thursday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

Danny & The Veetos

When: 15. Jun. 2018, Friday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

VATN Norðurlendsk Salón

When: 16. Jun. - 17. Aug. 2018 Where: Norðurlandahúsið, Streymoy

Summartónar 2018

When: 16. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Havnar kirkja , Streymoy


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Matiné in the Cathedral

When: 16. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Havnar kirkja , Streymoy

Føroya Regatta 2018

When: 6. Jul. - 8. Jul. 2018 Where: Tórshavn og Vestmanna, Streymoy

Marius Ziska in the Nordic House

When: 16. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Norðurlandahúsinum, Streymoy

The Reverends in Maggies

When: 6. Jul. 2018, Friday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

Summartónar: James Goodwin á Grótvirkinum

When: 16. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Føroya Grótvirkið, Sandoy

GØ in Maggies

When: 8. Jul. 2018, Sunday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

Lív í Baianstovu

When: 17. Jun. 2018, Sunday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

Summartónar: Birds and Beasts á Grótvirkinum

When: 8. Jul. 2018, Sunday Where: Føroya Grótvirkið, Sandoy

Monday Concert – Summartonar

When: 18. Jun. 2018, Monday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Fólkatónleikarastevna

When: 9. Jul. 2018, Monday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

Konsert við Heiðrik

When: 19. Jun. 2018, Tuesday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

Monday Concert – Summartonar

When: 9. Jul. 2018, Monday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Faroese evening 2018

When: 20. Jun. - 22. Aug. 2018 Where: Hotel Føroyar, Streymoy

Summartónar 2018

When: 9. Jul. 2018, Monday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

Thursday Concert Summartónar

When: 21. Jun. 2018, Thursday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

G! Festival

When: 11. Jul. - 14. Jul. 2018 Where: Gøtusandur , Eysturoy

Summertune 2018

When: 21. Jun. 2018, Thursday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 11. Jul. 2018, Wednesday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Time (Smiðjan 22.6-25.6 2018)

When: 22. Jun. - 26. Jun. 2018 Where: smiðjan í Lítluvík, Streymoy

Thursday Concert Summartónar

When: 12. Jul. 2018, Thursday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 22. Jun. 2018, Friday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Skriviskeið í Skúvoy

When: 13. Jul. - 15. Jul. 2018 Where: Stórastova, Sandoy

Heiðrik - Publishing Concert

When: 22. Jun. 2018, Friday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 15. Jul. 2018, Sunday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Make-up course

When: 23. Jun. - 24. Jun. 2018 Where: Sjónleikarhúsinum í Havn, Streymoy

Monday Concert – Summartonar

When: 16. Jul. 2018, Monday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Motor-eldsálir hittast! Bil- og motorsúkklutreff í Fuglafirði

When: 23. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 19. Jul. 2018, Thursday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Heiðrikkur Á Heygnum Konsertferð

When: 23. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Reinsaríiði, Streymoy

Summartónar 2018

When: 19. Jul. 2018, Thursday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

ENEKK

When: 23. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Maggies Café Nólsoy, Streymoy

Faroese Cultural Evening and hike

When: 20. Jul. 2018, Friday Where: Eiriksgarður, Sandoy

USMIFKA & KATA

When: 24. Jun. 2018, Sunday Where: Norðurlandahúsið, Streymoy

Tórsfest

When: 21. Jul. 2018, Saturday Where: Gongugøtan , Streymoy

Summartónar: Trio Boquhan á Listasavninum

When: 24. Jun. 2018, Sunday Where: Listasavnið á Sandi, Sandoy

Summartónar 2018

When: 23. Jul. 2018, Monday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

Funeral við Heirðiki

When: 24. Jun. 2018, Sunday Where: Miðvágur

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 26. Jul. 2018, Thursday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Monday Concert – Summartonar

When: 25. Jun. 2018, Monday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Summartónar 2018

When: 4. Aug. 2018, Saturday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

Summertune 2018

When: 27. Jun. 2018, Wednesday Where: Fuglafjørður, Eysturoy

Summartónar 2018

When: 8. Aug. 2018, Wednesday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

Thursday Concert Summartónar

When: 28. Jun. 2018, Thursday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Summer Festival

When: 9. Aug. - 11. Aug. 2018 Where: Vágsbøur, Norðoyggjar

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 28. Jun. 2018, Thursday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 12. Aug. 2018, Sunday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Voxbotn

When: 30. Jun. 2018, Saturday Where: Vágsbotn, Streymoy

Summer Exhibition 2018

When: 16. Aug. - 17. Aug. 2018 Where: Norðurlandahúsið, Streymoy

Summartónar: Duo Bragi á Listasavninum

When: 1. Jul. 2018, Sunday Where: Listasavnið á Sandi, Sandoy

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 30. Aug. 2018, Thursday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Monday Concert – Summartonar

When: 2. Jul. 2018, Monday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Walk Faroe Islands most beautiful half marathon

When: 1. Sep. 2018, Saturday Where: Gásadalur, Vágar

Supper Club at the Farmer´s house

When: 4. Jul. 2018, Wednesday Where: Velbastað, Streymoy

Run Faroe Islands most beautiful half marathon

When: 1. Sep. 2018, Saturday Where: Gásadalur, Vágar

Thursday Concert Summartónar

When: 5. Jul. 2018, Thursday Where: Norðurlandahúsið , Streymoy

Nepalese Athlete Mira Rai to compete in World First Trail Running Race

When: 7. Sep. - 9. Sep. 2018 Where: Tórshavn

Konsert við The Reverends

When: 5. Jul. 2018, Thursday Where: Mentanarhúsið í Fuglafirði, Eysturoy

The Faroe Islands´ southernmost half marathon

When: 22. Sep. 2018, Saturday Where: Suðuroy, Suðuroy


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Vagar Airport's new CEO promises airport terminal expansion Written by Jens Hákun Leo jhl@local.fo

39-year-old Gudny Langgaard, who was appointed as the new CEO of Vága Floghavn (Vagar Airport) a couple of weeks ago, has announced that the plan is to expand the new Vagar Airport terminal, which opened in 2014, in order to handle increased passenger volume. Langgaard suggested back in April that the Vagar Airport terminal will not meet future demand without an expansion as the tourism industry, which has grown enormously over the past few years, is expected to continue to grow at a rapid pace.

In an interview with Kringvarp Føroya, Langgaard pointed out that she expects that ”a project that will be prioritized (in the near future) is the terminal which must be expanded”. “Tourism is a fast growing industry and we cannot let the airport become too small”, said Langgaard. Langgaard added that: ”If several airline companies are interested in flying to the Faroe Islands, I am open to cooperation”. However, Langgard also stated that she is not going to strive to attract more airline companies to the Faroe Islands. More than 340.000 passengers passed through Vagar Airport in 2017.

This is the highest figure ever in the airport’s history and a 16,8% increase as compared to 2016. This is also the first time ever that more than 300.000 passengers have passed through Vagar Airport, the only airport in the Faroe Islands. In March 2017 SAS commenced a daily route between Denmark and the Faroe Islands, while the Faroese airline company Atlantic Airways lowered fares to better compete with SAS. 

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