Norðragøta

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Norðragøta
Village
Norðragøta, Faroe Islands.JPG
Norðragøta is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Norðragøta
Norðragøta
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°12′3″N 6°44′27″W / 62.20083°N 6.74083°W / 62.20083; -6.74083Coordinates: 62°12′3″N 6°44′27″W / 62.20083°N 6.74083°W / 62.20083; -6.74083
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Eysturoy
Municipality Eysturkommuna
Population (1 January 2006)
 • Total 548
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 512

Norðragøta, also just referred to as Gøta, is a village on Eysturoy, Faroe Islands.

Overview[edit]

The famous Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir posing in national costume in front of the museum Blásastova in Gøta.

The municipality of Gøta (Gøtu kommuna) was a municipality until 1 January 2009 when it merged with Leirvík into Eysturkommuna. Gøta consists also of the villages Gøtueiði, Gøtugjógv and Syðrugøta. The village lies on Eysturoy's east coast at the bottom of the inlet Gøtuvík. There is a museum called Gøtu Fornminnisavn with the famous house Blásastova. The wooden church in the centre of the village is from 1833.

Gøta is a place of great importance in the history of the Faroe Islands. One of the key figures in the Icelandic saga, Færeyingasaga, called Tróndur Gøtuskegg lived here. Trondur (also called Tróndur í Gøtu) was a heathen Viking-chief who ruled all of the islands for a period of time. In the saga Tróndur is represented as the "bad guy" while the "good guy" is Sigmundur Brestisson. Sigmundur Christianised the Faroe Islands for the King of Norway.

Sports[edit]

The most popular pastime in Norðragøta is football. The local football team is Víkingur Gøta, formerly known as GÍ Gøta. They play their home games at the Serpugerði Stadium.

Music[edit]

Gøta is home to G! Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the Faroe Islands.

Faroese stamps showing Norðragøta[edit]

Old houses in Norðragøta[edit]

Issued on 5 October 1992, the artist was Jákup Pauli Gregoriussen.

Church of Gøta[edit]

The new church of Gøta, issued: 23 September 2002. These were also the Christmas stamps for that year.

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