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Faroe Islands' history

 

3.6.3 History

ca.600 ?
Celtic settlers (Irish monks) make it to the Faroes.

ca.900
The Faroe Islands are colonized by Norwegian settlers.

1035
The Faroe Islands become a Norwegian dependency.

1380
Along with Norway, the Faroes become united with Denmark.

1709
The Faroes become (technically) a part of Zealand, Denmark.

1814
When Denmark cedes Norway in the peace treaty of Kiel, the Faroes remain with Denmark.

1880
The independence movement starts.

1940-45
The Faroes are occupied by British forces during WWII. Trade with the UK leads to economic growth. The Faroese flag is commonly used since the UK does not tolerate the flag of German-occupied Denmark.

1948
The Faroe Islands are granted autonomy within the Danish Kingdom.

1973
When Denmark joins the European Community (EC) the Faroe Islands choose to stay outside the EC.

1980s
Good prospects in the fishing industry lead the Faroes to invest large sums in infrastructure to prevent depopulation of small villages.

1990s
A recession in the fishing industry leaves the Faroes with a large debt and in an economic crisis. Emigration to Denmark increases.



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