Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a group of islands in the north Atlantic Ocean between Scotland, Norway and Iceland. They have been an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948 and have, over the years, taken control of most matters, except defense (they have no organized native military, which remains the responsibility of Denmark, except for a small Police Force and Coast Guard) and foreign affairs.

The Faroes give their name to one of the British Sea Areas. They have close traditional ties to Iceland, Shetland, the Orkney Islands, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland. The archipelago was detached from Norway in 1815. The Faroes have their own representatives in the Nordic Council.

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