465 Relationship between Political and Economic Self-Determination. The Faeroese Case * ARNI OLAFSSON Advisor on Faeroe Islands Affairts to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1. Basics about the Faeroe Islands The Faeroe Islands are an archipelago of 1400 sq km, lying in the North East Atlantic Ocean between Britain, Norway and Iceland. The population is approx. 44,000. About one third of the population lives in the capital, T6rshavn. The others are scattered in a hundred small towns, villages and settlements in 17 of the 18 islands. The Faeroese regard themselves as a distinct people or nation, with their own language, history, traditions, institutions, sense of unity and national identity. Seen in the context of the total Kingdom of Denmark, the Faeroese - like the Greenlanders - can legally and statistically be viewed as a national minority. However, for all political and practical purposes that is not the appropriate way to look at it. The Faeroese are themselves the overwhelming majority within their own geographically well-defined territory: The Faeroe Islands. To a considerable extent, that will also be true of the Greenlanders. Whether the Faeroese qualify for the term "indigenous peoples" may be discussed in another context. The
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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