Miðvágur

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Miðvágur
Midway
Village
Miðvágur, Faroe Islands (2).JPG
Miðvágur is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Miðvágur
Miðvágur
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°03′04″N 7°11′38″W / 62.05111°N 7.19389°W / 62.05111; -7.19389Coordinates: 62°03′04″N 7°11′38″W / 62.05111°N 7.19389°W / 62.05111; -7.19389
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Vágar
Municipality Vága kommuna
Population (1 January 2006)
 • Total 1,045
ZIP code FO-370
Stamp FO 514 of Postverk Føroya
Issued: 7 February 2005
Artist: Eli Smith

Miðvágur (Danish: Midvåg, English: Midway) is a village in the Faroe Islands on Vágar. It has been a municipality until 1 January, 2009 when it fused with Sandavágur into Vága kommuna.

Located on the south coast of the island of Vágar, Miðvágur is the largest town on this Faroese island. For years, Miðvágur has been known as a good location for whaling and traditionally, bells would ring with the cry "Grindaboð!" - "Pilot whale ahoy!"

History[edit]

Miðvágur has been inhabited since at least the Viking period—as excavations have demonstrated. Since these early times, there has been a local "Thingstätte"(local community council), or "Várting". The most interessting building of the village is Kálvalíđ, a house which was probably built at the end of the Middle Ages. It is the oldest building of the village and possibly of the whole Faroe Islands. Kálvalíđ consists of two rooms with a turf roof, built in the traditional faroese style. Today it houses a museum.

Sports[edit]

The local football team is MB (Miðvágs Bóltfelag), founded in January 1905.

People of note from Miðvágur[edit]

  • Beinta Broberg (1667–1752), a pastor's wife, and believed to be the model for the main character of Barbara, the best—known Faroese novel.
  • Jens Christian Svabo (1746–1824), a pastor's son, who contributed greatly to the modern concept of a Faroese written language, working to standarize grammar and spelling and created a Faroese dictionary. Svabo also collected a variety of folk-tales and historical examples of the spoken dialect of Faroese on Miðvágur.
Kálvalíð House.

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