Faroese Cultural Prize

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Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins (Faroese Cultural Prize) has been awarded by the Faroese government to Faroese writers, musicians, artists etc. since 1998. In 2004 no award was given. From 1998 to 2000 only one award was given, but in 2001 they established an additional award, half as big as the original.

The prize is awarded by a board appointed by the Ministry of Culture. The board also gives additional special awards of 50.000 Danish Koroner and/or so-called sømdargávur or Sømdargáva landsins (grants), given as a lifelong annual grant of DKK 20 000. The main award, Mentanarvirðisløn landsins, is DKK 150.000, and the heiðursgáva landsins (award of honour) is DKK 75.000 koroner.

In 2011 the awards were announced in December, with the next awards announced on 15 January 2013, which was William Heinesen's birthday. This was also the first time that the event was held in Klaksvík, being announced in Spaniastova and broadcast live on national Faroese radio.[1] The following year the prizes were handed out on 15 January in Stóra Pakkhús (The Large Storage House) in Vágur.

Awarded cultural persons[edit]

Mentanarvirðisløn landsins – Faroese Cultural Prize[edit]

Faroese Cultural Prize 2013 was handed to Tróndur Patursson in Stóra Pakkkhús in Vágur on 15 January 2014. Bjørn Kalsø Minister of Culture handed the award.

The main award, the Mentanarvirðisløn landsins (Faroese Cultural Award), is DDK 150.000. These persons have won the award since it started in 1998:

Heiðursgáva landsins – Faroese Award of Honour[edit]

Árni Dahl received the Faroese Award of Honour 2013. Bjørn Kalsø cultural minister handed over the award.

Heiðursgáva landsins is DKK 75.000. These persons and cultural institutions have received the award since 2001:

Other Special Awards[edit]

The board can give a special award of DKK 50.000 if they think it appropriate. These persons have received the award:

Award to Young artist – (Virðisløn til ungt listafólk)[edit]

Trygvi Danielsen received the Young Artist Award 2013. It was bestowed by Bjørn Kalsø, the Minister of Culture.

Málrøktarvirðisløn Landsins – Award for exceptional work on the Faroese Language[edit]

  • 2010 – Jóhan Hendrik Winther Poulsen, linguist

Serstøk virðisløn – Special Award[edit]

This special award is DKK 50.000. These persons have received the award:

Sømdargáva landsins[edit]

Sømdargáva lansins (Faroese Grant) is DKK 20.000, an annual subsidy for the rest of their lives.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nordlysid.fo Spaniastova karmur um Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins
  2. ^ Rana, Danjal av (24 January 2018). "Barbara fekk virðislønina". in.fo. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Klakstein, Eyðun (25 January 2017). "Vágbingur varð heiðraður á Tvøroyri". in.fo. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  4. ^ in.fo - Annika Hoydal fekk Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins
  5. ^ in.fo - Sterk og kensluborðin strok
  6. ^ in.fo, Tróndur fekk mentunarvirðislønina
  7. ^ MMR.fo Archived 31 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (The Faroese Ministry of Culture)
  8. ^ Vencil.wordpress.com, Virðislønir landsins
  9. ^ Snar.fo, Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins og Heiðursgáva Landsins 2010
  10. ^ Planet.fo, Kári P útilokar ikki nýggja útgávu
  11. ^ BFL.fo, Ebba Hentze
  12. ^ Rana, Danjal av (24 January 2018). "Frits fekk heiðursgávuna" (in Faroese). In.fo. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  13. ^ Klakstein, Eyðun (25 January 2016). "Steinprent fekk heiðursgávu landsins". in.fo. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  14. ^ in.fo - J. P. Gregoriussen fekk Heiðursgávu Landsins, Eirikur Lindenskov 15.01.2016
  15. ^ in.fo - Tey av Kamaranum fáa heiðursgávu
  16. ^ in.fo, Heiðursgávan latin Árna Dahl
  17. ^ MMR.fo, Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins og Heiðursgáva Landsins 2009
  18. ^ BBS.fo
  19. ^ MS.fo, Um Mentunargrunnin
  20. ^ MMR.fo, Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins og Heiðursgáva Landsins, 4. januar 2006
  21. ^ Rana, Danjal av (24 January 2018). "Konni Kass fekk fyrstu virðislønina". In.fo. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  22. ^ Klakstein, Eyðun (25 January 2017). "Ung listakvinna úr Nólsoy heiðrað". in.fo. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  23. ^ in.fo - Andreas Høgenni virðisløn til ungt listafólk, Eirikur Lindenskov 15.01.2016
  24. ^ Dugir at leggja løg og sløg væl til rættis
  25. ^ in.fo, Trygvi Danielsen ársins unga listafólk
  26. ^ in.fo - Oddvør og Katrin heiðraðar

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