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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.

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