Culture and Society

Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Faroe Islands

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.

 

 

There are several recurring cultural events that are very popular amongst the people of the Faroe Islands.

Music festivals

Several music festivals and concerts are held in the summer with a variety of local music in all genres and internationally acclaimed artists.

 

G! Festival is a large festival with international and local musicians held in Gøta in mid July.

Summer Festival (in Faroese) is a large festival with local musicians and international bands held in Klakvík in early August.

Summartónar is a classical and contemporary music festival with a programme of concerts in churches, museums and other public venues around the islands in June and July.

Voxbotn (in Faroese) is a one-day festival held in Tórshavn in late June.

Local festivals

Local festivals - stevnur - with sports, concerts, and various other activities for all ages are held around the country during the summer. These festivals take place annually starting in Klaksvík, Runavík, Sundalagið and Suðuroy in June and in Fuglafjørður, Vágar, Skálafjørður and Vestmanna in July. The traditional rowing competition is a main attraction at these festivals.

St Olaf´s Wake

The national holiday of the Faroe Islands, St Olaf´s Wake - ólavsøka -  is held in Tórshavn on July 28th and 29th. People from all over the islands gather in the capital to celebrate the national holiday which is also a cultural and sports festival with rowing, football matches, art exhibitions, concerts, and chain dance.

St Olaf´s Wake starts on July 28th with a procession of sports people and horse riders and an opening ceremony in front of the parliament building. On July 29th the Løgting opens it session after the summer holiday with a procession and a service at the Cathedral in Tórshavn.