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Culture and Society


The Faroe Islands are a modern society with a high standard of living and the Faroese have a strong sense of local identity and social cohesion.

The culture of the Faroe Islands has its roots in the Nordic culture. The islands were long isolated from the main cultural movements in Europe and have maintained a large part of their traditional culture. At the same time the Faroese live a modern European life with cultural events, new technology and a well developed infrastructure.

The Faroese are well-educated. Many Faroese study and work abroad in a wide range of fields. The mobility and flexibility of the Faroese people maintains a broad international perspective.


The Faroe Islands have a rich and thriving contemporary culture. Traditional culture lives along with modern cultural events, and all kinds of sports and music activities are very popular.



Visitors to the Faroe Islands are generally impressed by the beauty of the nature.

The landscape is characterized by green valleys engulfed by steep dramatic mountains. The ocean is never far away as no place in the Faroe Islands has a distance of more than five kilometres to the coast.


Hiking in the mountains has become an increasingly popular activity in the Faroe Islands. Even a short hike offers numerous vantage points overlooking magnificent and untouched nature.

There are only few restrictions as to access to the mountains, the shoreline and the beaches. It is prohibited to trespass through fields as the grass is intended for winter fodder.

It is also possible to join hiking clubs.

Read more: 

Visit Faroe Islands - hiking - Guide to the Mountains  

Visit Tórshavn - The Hiking Association  


Saltwater fishing at the pier or the coast is generally free for everyone.

Fishing wild salmon and trout in rivers and inland lakes can require a permit and is not always free. 

Fishing in lakes and streams is permitted from May 1st until August 31st. Fishing permits are required and can be purchased in most tourist information offices.

Read more: 

The Faroe Islands Fishing Club