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The Faroe Islands are considered to be a family-friendly society with a safe and peaceful environment and generous child and parental benefits and child care provision.



The accompanying spouse or cohabiting partner of a foreign researcher with a work permit in the Faroe Islands is free to take on any job position.

Job vacancies can be found in the local newspapers or in the Employment Registry . Everyone with a Faroese ID-number is also free to post his or her CV in this registry. In some cases the research institutes may assist with finding a job position for the accompanying spouse.

Another option for the accompanying spouse will be to study.



Parental leave


Parents are entitled to paid leave for a total of 52 weeks after the child is born. 

Mothers have the right to paid leave 4 weeks before childbirth and 14 weeks after birth. Fathers and co-mothers have the right to paid leave for 4 weeks.

On top of that the parents are entitled to paid leave for 34 more weeks that they can divide between them as they wish.

Academic employees receive normal salary from their employer for the entire parental leave period. 


Employees who do not have the right to paid parental leave from their employer may be eligibile to parental allowance from the Parental Leave Fund. The allowance is based on the average salary received during the last 12 months prior to giving birth. The grant cannot exceed DKK 25,000 per month.

For Nordic citizens income earned in another Nordic country counts as basis for grant from the Parental Leave Fund.

Read more:

Parental Leave Fund


Child health care


Health services during pregnancy and childbirth and health services for children up to the end of school age (16-17 years) are free of charge.

School nurses provide regular medical checks and personal interviews as well as parental guidance and information.


Day care


The municipalities provide day care for children.

Children can be registered on a waiting list for day care one week after birth. Children who are born outside the Faroe Islands and do not have a Faroese Civil Registration Number, can book a place at day care or after-school care if at least one of the parents has a Faroese Registration Number. 

After school care is provided in most municipalities for children up to 3rd grade.

In some municipalities children may attend after-school youth clubs from the ages 13 to 18.

A fee has to be paid for after school care.

Read more:

Tórshavn Municipality - Childcare



School and Education


The education system in the Faroe Islands is made up of three main levels: elementary school, secondary school, and higher education.

Education is compulsory for at least 9 years, normally beginning at the age of 7.

Faroese is the language of education in all Faroese schools. Children who do not have Faroese as their first language are entitled to extra lessons in Faroese.

The evening school in Tórshavn also has a free Faroese class for children aged 8 to 16 years. 

All education in the Faroe Islands is free of charge.

Students with upper secondary degrees may apply to attend the University of the Faroe Islands for free, or other universities abroad either for free or at a cost.

The University of the Faroe Islands has five faculties and offers a number of degree programmes.

Bachelor degrees are awarded after three years of study. Master degrees build on bachelor level qualifications and are awarded after two years of study. Ph.D. is a three-year research degree awarded after the defence of a doctoral thesis.