I put the news two days ago both in Faroese and Danish. Here is the English version as published by the Government of the Faroe Islands. Faroese PM Aksel V. Johannesen announced the referendum that will take place on April 25, 2018. It should be an important political event as well as a turn with regards the IDENTITY of the Faroese people and their present-day inhabitants. The Islands did evolve a lot over the past decades. The assistance of Denmark has been significant over these decades and this strongly supports the development of the economic structures of the Faroe Islands. They cannot be compared to Greenland, but the islands progressively enhanced their bodies, their linguistic and ancient historic role in North Atlantic. It keeps aside from the European Community and is involved in the Nordic organizations.
The population has gotten diversified, which is also quite meaningful. Links have always existed with Iceland (a sort of cultural and linguistic motherland), with Norway (as to find some balance mixing the language – Nynorsk – and the fishing industries, strategical points of actions). The Faroe Islands are quite proficient in fishing know-how – long before the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, it got into contact with the major capitals of Europe and has a delegation in Moscow as the Russians used to “float” in the North Sea and Atlantic for different reasons as well as economic ones.
Eco-system and the quietness of the islands, still a bit away from the embattled European places threatened by terrorism, the natural beauty of the landscapes, international championships, bird searching and nature research make the place quite interesting for the visitors, the tourists. Music is quite a national folk best and is well-known over the world by now. Techniques and research led to some specific topics as the meaning of electricity, light, building, capacities to overcome natural and human threats (storms, ship-wrecks etc.) are also attractive for many people and scientists. The national Útvarp Føroya (Faroese radio) reached 60 years these days. The whole of the situation makes it quite possible for the small country to get more “self-identified and thus self-ruled, self-determination” peacefully leading to some extend to progressive steps to real independence.
This should require to appeal to some international bodies and people, who can show that this new state of self-determination is not aiming at being fenced from the other North European and Scandinavian countries, but that it should add more insights and capacity to build up bridges and general growth, enhancement,