Research in the Faroe Islands

A thriving and growing culture


Research landscape


There is a thriving and growing research culture in the Faroe Islands, with several institutes, laboratories, museums and private companies working on original research projects.

International collaboration is essential to the quality of Faroese research and innovation. Faroese researchers participate in many international networks, and the Faroese research and innovation landscape is to a large extent anchored in international partnerships.



higher education sector

Education and research

The Faroe Islands have one university - The University of the Faroe Islands.

The University of the Faroe Islands   - Fróðskaparsetur Føroya - is a research and education institution. 

Research is conducted in a number of fields that are being taught at the university. The university collaborates closely with other research institutions and with private companies in certain research areas. The university also collaborates with several universities in neighbouring countries.

The university has five faculties. 

The Faculty of Science and Technology   offers higher education and conducts research in geophysics, information technology and biology. 






research institutes

Health, biology and environment

There are several governmental research institutes in the Faroe Islands. The institutes mainly conduct research in marine, natural and medical sciences.

Some of the institutes also have specific tasks assigned by the government, e.g. to make proposals concerning the exploitation of fish stocks and recommendations on health related issues.

Most institutes have substantial collaboration with international research institutes on joint research projects. A growing part of the research is financed by national and international research foundations.

The Genetic Biobank - Ílegusavnið - is a governmental institution with a mandate to organize, develop and administer a Tissue Registry (biobank), a Diagnosis Registry and a Genealogy Registry.

The Biobank processes applications for permission to access and study the information contained in these registries.



Aquaculture Research Station of the Faroes - Fiskaaling - is a limited company, owned by the Faroese government.

The company conducts, develops and provides advice within the farming of water-based animals and plants and within bio-technology. It also conducts commercial activities within this field of activities.

The research station cooperates with Faroese and international research environments as well as with the aquaculture industry.



The National Archives (in Faroese) - Landsskjalasavnið - conducts research in administrative and political history and in urbanization and demography.

The institute collects and preserves documents of historical value or of administrative and legal importance to citizens and authorities.

The institute also prepares the Genealogy Registry which is part of the Genetic Biobank.

The institute participates in Nordic and Arctic research programmes.







industrial sector

Private research programmes

The industry participates in several research projects conducted by governmental research institutes. A few private companies have research programmes of their own.

Research Park iNOVA is a scientific environment in Tórshavn providing access to modern laboratories, high-end instruments, offices and event location for private companies and public institutions.

The research park was created as a part of a coordinated effort by the government and an array of the largest private enterprises on the islands to improve the scientific infrastructure of the Faroe Islands.




research institutes

private sector