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Welcome to the Faroe Islands

EURAXESS Faroe Islands is ready to assist you with information on practical issues when moving to and living in the Faroe Islands.

 

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arrival

Plan your stay

There are several practical issues and formalities that have to be considered and dealt with when planning to move to the Faroe Islands.

Several Faroese freight companies offer a door to door transport of personal belongings to the Faroe Islands.

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entry conditions

Apply for entry permit

If you are a Non Nordic national you will need a residence and work permit in order to work in the Faroe Islands.

Researchers and lecturers from Non Nordic countries invited to teach or conduct similar activities in the Faroe Islands can work without a work permit, provided the duration of their stay does not exceed three consecutive months.

For stays longer than three months researchers and PhD students must have a residence and work permit. This also applies to citizens from EU countries as the Faroe Islands are not part of the EU.

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accommodation

Find a place to stay

Start searching for housing as soon as possible.

The Faroese rental market is quite limited. Apartments for rent are normally part of a family’s home set aside for a tenant.

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personal finance

Open a bank account

The banks offer payment services and provide loans for various purposes.

 

 

 

health care

Get access to health care

All residents in the Faroe Islands have equal access to health services.

 

 

 

family

Bring your family

The Faroe Islands are a family-friendly society with a safe and peaceful environment.

 

The municipalities provide day care for children up to school age. Day care can be provided in private homes or in day care centres.

After school care is provided in most municipalities for children in first and second grade.

Parents have to pay a fee for day care for their children. In some mucipalities the fee will be reduced if the family has several children in day care.

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language

Learn the language

The official language in the Faroe Islands is Faroese. Learning Faroese will make it easier to integrate professionally and privately.

Several self study courses in Faroese are available online and in textbooks.

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culture and society

Enjoy a traditional and modern life

The Faroe Islands are a modern society which has also maintained a large part of the traditional culture.

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing nation under the external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark. The country is not a member of the European Union but has agreements on fisheries, trade in goods, and research cooperation with the EU.

The language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese which is a Nordic language deriving from the Norsemen who settled the islands 1200 years ago.

Out of a total population of around 52,000, more than 20,000 live in the capital, Tórshavn.

Fishing and fish farming are the most important industries in the Faroe Islands. In recent years tourism has also become increasingly important.

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A Foreign Researcher´s Guide to the Faroe Islands with lots of practical information about everyday life and guidelines for dealing with the formalities of employment and work in the Faroe Islands is available here.

 

 

 

 

A helping hand

EURAXESS Faroe Islands is ready to assist you with practical support when relocating to the Faroe Islands for work.

 

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jobs

Find a job

Scientific job vacancies in the Faroe Islands can be found on the EURAXESS portal or in local and foreign newspapers and scientific magazines. 

Scientific vacancies in the Faroe Islands can be found on the EURAXESS Jobs portal. Researchers looking for a job can register at MY EURAXESS and upload their CV.

Scientific vacancies are also advertised in local and foreign newspapers and scientific magazines, and most research institutes post job vacancies on their websites.

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qualifications

Assesment of your qualifications

A foreign job applicant may need an assesment of his or her qualifications. 

Recognition of foreign diplomas, degrees and other qualifications in the Faroe Islands will in most cases be similar to recognition of qualifications in Denmark.

For some positions a Faroese or Danish authorisation is needed.

Recognition of academic qualifications may also be required if you are applying for admission to higher education, including PhD programmes.

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salaries

Salary based on competence

Salaries are set according to negotiated settlements with trade unions. 

Salaries are set according to negotiated settlements between the employer and the relevant trade union.

Salaries are based on seniority and competence. A special Doctoral or Professorial addition is given, if the position requires such competence.

A fixed percent of the monthly salary is paid by the employer to a private retirement pension plan set up by the relevant trade union with the Faroese Life Assurance Company.

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employment rights

Know your rights

Employment rights are regulated by law or specified in the contract with the employer.

Academics with an employment contract have the right to six weeks´ paid holiday a year. The stipulation of holiday must be agreed upon in advance.

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An employee with a fixed monthly salary has the right to paid leave from work if he or she is unable to work due to illness. 

Academics with a fixed monthly salary have the right to 2 days of paid absence from work if his or her child is taken ill.

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Female academic employees have the right to paid leave with normal salary from 4 weeks before childbirth until 14 weeks after birth. Fathers are eligible to paid leave for four weeks after childbirth.

After the first 14 weeks the parents are entitled to paid leave for 30 more weeks that they can divide between them as they wish.

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Faroese employers are obliged to insure all employees against work related injuries. The employee or his or her next of kin is entitled to compensation in case of injury, disease or death in connection with carrying out work.

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intellectual property rights

Your work is protected

The scientist has the exclusive right to the creative and technical expression of his work.

According to Faroese law the copyright of a scientific work belongs to its creator. The scientist has the exclusive right to the creative and technical expression of his work and it is prohibited to reproduce text from the work without mentioning the source.

Inventions, company labels and industrial designs can be protected by intellectual property right. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office can provide a patent or a utility model which gives the creator a right for a limited time to exclude others from producing, using or selling the inventions without permission.

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taxation

Taxes on all personal income

The Faroese tax system is based around a set of direct and indirect taxes.

The tax system includes personal income taxes, value added taxes and special taxes and excise duties on various goods and services.

 

 

​Contributions to pension plans are taxed at source at 40 percent before the net payment is transferred to the insurance company or bank.

No tax is charged when pensions are paid out.

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unemployment

Unemployment benefits

Only Nordic citizens working in the Faroe Islands are entitled to benefits from the Faroese Unemployment Scheme.

Nordic citizens working in the Faroe Islands are entitled to benefits from the Faroese Unemployment Scheme - ALS - if they become unemployed.

Non Nordic citizens with a temporary work permit in the Faroe Islands are not entitled to unemployment benefits from the Faroese Unemployment Scheme.

A fee for the Unemployment Insurance Scheme is automatically withheld by the tax system from all wages paid to registered residents in the Faroe Islands. Foreign citizens with a temporary work permit can apply for assemption from paying this fee.

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pension rights

Pension may be available

When retiring from employment or being unable to work due to disability, you may be entitled to a pension.

All individuals up to the Faroese state pension age of 67 with full tax liability in the Faroe Islands are required by law to save a portion of their salary in a pension scheme. 

For most employees pensions are a built-in feature of employment contracts. The pension contribution is set according to agreements between trade unions and employers.

Academic employees receive 16% of their salary in pension contribution. Their pension plan also has a built-in insurance scheme which covers serious illness, disability and death. 

Individuals moving to the Faroe Islands to work for a limited period can achieve a pension exemption. This means that an amount equivalent to the pension contribution will be paid out together with the monthly salary. Exemptions may be granted for up to 60 months. 

All individuals working in the Faroe Islands are also obliged to pay a contribution to the Faroese Labour Market Supplemental Pension Fund. Individuals who have lived in the Faroe Islands for at least 3 years between the age of 15 and Faroese state pension age will receive a proportion of the labour market supplemental pension equivalent to the number of years they have lived in the country upon retirement.

Danish citizens are also entitled to a state retirement pension at the age of 67 if they have lived in the Danish Kingdom for at least 3 years between the ages of 15 and 67. This also applies for foreign citizens who are married to a Danish citizen.

By agreement with the Nordic countries, the required Danish citizenship expands to include Nordic citizenships.

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Thank you and goodbye

We hope you had a fruitful and joyable stay in the Faroe Islands.

Before leaving the Faroe Islands there are some practical matters you need to address.

 

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departure formalities

Before you leave

Before leaving the Faroe Islands there are several formalities and arrangements that you need to deal with.

Nordic citizens who are moving from the Faroe Islands to another Nordic country can have their membership of the Faroese Unemployment Scheme transfered to an unemployment scheme in the country they are moving to.

In order to get unemployment benefit in the country you are moving to, you must be able to document that you have been employed for a certain period of time. The length of the period varies from country to country. 

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