About the Faroe Islands
The Vikings, the ancestors of the modern-day Faroese people, settled the islands in the 8th century. The Faroese language is derived from Old Norse.
The Faroe Islands joined Denmark in 1386 and have been part of the Danish kingdom ever since. The Danish Home Rule Act of 1948 recognizes the Faroe Islands as a self-governing community within the United Kingdom of Denmark, with its own flag and Faroese as its main language. The 2014 population estimate is almost 50,000.
The astonishing beauty of the Faroe Islands make them an appealing tourist destination, but a shadow is cast over the islands by the harsh reality of the cruel grind.