Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Faroe Islands

 An igloo in Kvivik

The Faroe Islands are located north of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The islands are home to about 50,000 people living on 1,400 square miles of land. Irish monks are thought to have first settled here, sometime in the middle of the 6th Century. Norse settlers soon followed and were firmly established by the early 7th Century. The Old Norse language they brought with them evolved into modern Faroese that is the native language. Today it is a self-governing province of Denmark, and its economy is based on fishing and sheep goods. Kvivik is particularly rich in Viking history.

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