Porkeri

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Porkeri
Porkeris
Municipality and village
Porkeri mountains
Porkeri mountains
Location of Porkeris kommuna in the Faroe Islands
Location of Porkeris kommuna in the Faroe Islands
Porkeri is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Porkeri
Porkeri
Location of Porkeri village in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 61°28′59″N 6°44′36″W / 61.48306°N 6.74333°W / 61.48306; -6.74333Coordinates: 61°28′59″N 6°44′36″W / 61.48306°N 6.74333°W / 61.48306; -6.74333
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Suðuroy
Population (2014)
 • Total 311
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Website http://www.porkeri.fo/index.htm

Porkeri is a village in the Faroe Islands, situated northeast of Vágur on Suðuroy's east coast.

As of 2008 it had a population of 362, and it has been inhabited at least as early as the 14th century.

Porkeri Church is a black and white wooden church with grass roof. The church is from 1847 and contains things donated by seamen who survived lethal storms on the sea, maintaining the tradition of almissu (seamen in danger promised - according to Nordic tradition - to donate churches, the material or such to God if they got back home alive).

Near the school is a memorial of people who lost their lives at sea. The name of the dead are written with white letters on stone plates on the small piles which stand around the large pile in the middle. On the first stone starting from the left side of the memorial, near the road: 5 names, the first one was Joen Joensen á Gaddi, who was lost with the vessel Royndin Fríða in 1808 together with the famous Faroese hero Nólsoyar Páll (who is not mentioned here because he was not from Porkeri). Joen is the Danish form of the Faroese name Jógvan. In the 19th century and earlier peoples names were written in the Danish form. The second stone has 6 names. The third stone has 5 names. The fourth stone has 6 names. The fifth stone has 6 names (all 6 went drowned in 1910 with North Star (Norðstjørnan). The 6th stone has 5 names The 7th stone has 5 names. The 8th stone has 5 names (died from 1932 to 1938). The 9th stone has 8 names (all died in one boat accident in 1940 with Búgvin, age 17-44) The 10th stone has 6 names (died in 1941 and 1944) The 11th stone has 5 names (died in 1952 and 1953) The 12th stone has 3 names (died in 1956, 59 and 61) All together 65 names of men from Porkeri who lost their lives at sea (a few died on land by falling down from a cliff or due to the World War II).

In 1984 a new school was built in the village. It is built in a modern Faroese style and has grass on the roof. The old school in Porkeri was built in 1888. It was used as such for 96 years. It is now owned by "Porkeris Bygdasavn". There are many interesting historical items, which tell the maritime history and the agricultural as well as the domestic history of the village and its people.

Tradition says that once in the old days a dispute of field boundaries between Porkeri and the neighbouring village Hov was sorted out by a walking-race between one man from each village.

Tourism[edit]

There is a street with similar houses, but with different colors. The street is called Skiparavegur, which means Skippers Street or Captains Street.

There is a supermarket where you can find all sorts of food and other things. There is also a hairdresser in Porkeri.

In August most of the people in Porkeri are busy with cutting grass, drying it and so on. It is for their sheep.

Visit the Church and Museum of Porkeri. An interesting little museum with items from daily life in Porkeri, agricultural and maritime history. The Museum of Porkeri (Porkeris Bygdarsavn), (Near the church), ☎ +298 373850,

If you don't come by car, you can take bus line 700 from Krambatangi port, where the ferry Smyril arrives from Tórshavn, and tell the driver where you want to go to and ask him to tell you when you are in Porkeri. If you come to Suðuroy by car, you should turn left at the main road, drive towards strait south, you will drive through a little village, which is called Øravík, than you come to a road tunnel and after that you pass by Hov, which is also a little village. After Hov you will drive above Porkeri.

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