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Greenland and the Faroe Islands

Greenland, a part of the North American continent, and the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic are part of the Kingdom of Denmark but have autonomous self-rule.

Greenland and the Faroe Islands have been parts of the Danish realm since the 18th century but  today both have an extensive type of self-rule government.

The largest island in the world, Greenland has a total area of more than 2.1 million sq. km but only about 410.000 sq. km are not covered by ice. 

Greenland’s Home Rule was established in 1979 but a new self-government arrangement replaced it in 2009.

The Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands inhabited by a total population of nearly 50.000. Though the land area is only around 1400 sq. km it has a marine area of 274.000 sq. km making fishing, aquaculture, shipping and tourism its main industries.

The Faroe Islands’ Home Rule was established in 1948 with the implementation of a new self-rule government in 2005. Still, the Faroese parliament (‘the Lagting’) might be the oldest in the world as historians estimate its origin at around the year 800.

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The Faroe Islands are famous for the unspoiled, stunning nature and breath-taking views.