Sunday, July 15, 2007

Faroe Islands Facts

I, myself am from the Faroe Islands. We do not speak English here, so to present some facts about the Faroes, i turn to Wikipedia:

The Faroe Islands or Faeroe Islands or simply Faroes or Faeroes (Faroese: Føroyar, meaning "Sheep Islands", Danish: Færøerne) are a group of islands in Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway from Iceland to Norway. They have been an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. The Faroese have, over the years, taken control of most matters except defence (though they have a native coast guard), foreign affairs and the legal system which are the responsibility of Denmark.

The Faroes have close traditional ties to Iceland, Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland. The archipelago was politically detached from Norway in 1814. The Faroes are represented in the Nordic Council as a part of the Danish delegation.


People are welcome to ask me any question they like in the comment box.

I will write more about my country, including my own text.

1 comment:

William said...

Today I received an e-mail showing pictures of a dolphin slaughter that is involved with a “coming of age” ceremony, and something called “MOZ” in the Faroe Islands.

This e-mail is obvious from some Animal Rights Organization. After viewing the pictures, I can't help but feel there is more to this "Rite of Passage" than meets the eye.

Although, the majority of people who view these pictures will say they are far too bloody, and barbaric for their tastes, it is these pictorial shocks that this rights group depends upon to rally people to their cause.

When reading that one of the main (if not the main) industries in the Faroe Islands is canning companies, I suspect all those dolphins were processed for food, thus aiding your economy. The picture of the man hosing down a dolphin was the tip-off. He would not be doing that unless he wanted to preserve that fish. Of course the originator(s) of the e-mail never point this out.

The bottom line is that most people’s sensitivities would rather see a dead fish that is still whole, rather than a bloody mess. However, catching fish is catching fish. As long as these dolphins are not wasted, I say "so what”. I obviously think these activists “go over board” with their causes. What next, compassionate lethal injections for fish? The bottom line is, several young males now feel they have become adults, and in the process of this happening, some revenue was produced for your country.

If on the outside chance, the fish were left to rot, then indeed shame on you, and shame on Denmark.

William C. Cochran
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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