Timeline of Faroese history

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This is a timeline of Faroese history comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in Iceland and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see history of the Faroe Islands.

7th century[edit]

  • About 625 - It was thought Irish monks settled in the Faroe Islands and were the first people there. In earlier historical studies, it was assumed, that they came around 725. After botanical researches it had to be dated back to 675, and today Faroese scientists believe, that oats have been cultivated on the Faroes since about 625, for example in Mykines.

8th century[edit]

  • About 795 - Irish monks reach Iceland. It is suggested, that they came from the Faroes after banished by the Vikings. Diucil refers to it 825, but maybe some of the monks stayed in the Faroes.

9th century[edit]

  • About 825 - Grímur Kamban is said to be the first Norse settler in the Faroes at the place, which is named Funningur (the find).
  • About 885-890 - Second wave of immigration to the Faroes under king Harald Hårfagre of Norway. Most of the settlers come from western Norway, but also many from Ireland and Scotland.

10th century[edit]

11th century[edit]

12th century[edit]

13th century[edit]

  • About 1200 - Slavery on the Faroes is abolished by King Sverre
  • 1269 - Bishop Erlendur from Bergen becomes bishop in the Faroes
  • 1271 - King Magnus Lagabøte of Norway establishs the elder Gulatingslog on the Faroes. The Faroese Althing changes from a legislative into a consultative body. 1274/76 the younger Gulatingslog was adopted.
  • 1280 - The Hereford map is the first known map, which mentions the Faroes - as Farei.
  • 1290 - The Hanseatic League is forbidden to trade with the Faroes.
  • 1298 - The Sheep Letter (Seyðabrævið) becomes law. Obviously the slavery is reintroduced, for the sheep letter regulates, among other things, the exposure to slaves.

14th century[edit]

  • Around 1300 - Beginning of the construction of the Saint Magnus Cathedral in Kirkjubøur. It was never finished, but is still the main historical building of the country.
  • 1302 - The prohibition against the Hanseatic League is renewed by Norway.
  • Around 1303 - Bishop Erlendur is forced to leave the Faroes.
  • Around 1349 - The Black Death reaches the Faroes - a third of the population (estimated at least 1000 of 3000) dies.
  • 1350 - The Dog Letter (Hundabrævið) becomes law.
  • 1361 - The Hanseatic trade is legalized under the same conditions as of the business people from Bergen.
  • 1397 - Within the Kalmar Union, the Faroes remain under Norway's rule.

15th century[edit]

  • Around 1400 - The Althing is renamed into Løgting. This name is still in use today.
  • Around 1447 - Attempts by the bishop Goswin of Iceland, to get the Faroes under his diocese, fail.
  • 1490 - Dutch tradesmen get the same privileges in the Faroe business as the Hanseatic League.

16th century[edit]

17th century[edit]

  • Since around 1600 - The Faroese language can be distinguished as a separate language.

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

  • 1816 - The Parliament is discarded.
  • Since 1709 only one store was in the Faroe Islands, it was located in Tórshavn and belonged to the Royal Danish Trade Monopoly, nobody else was allove to trade in the Faroes. In the thirties three stores which belonged to or were under control of the Royal Danish Trade Monopoly opened in the villages Vestmanna, Tvøroyri and Klaksvík.[2]
  • 1852 - The Parliament is re-established.
  • 1856 - The Danish Royal Trade Monopoly ceases.
  • 1888 - The Christmas Meeting (Jólafundurin), the start of a cultural movement and indirectly the start of modern Faroese politics.
  • 1889 - In March a play was performed in Faroese language for the first time. The play was called Veðurføst (it means something like: got stuck due to bad weather) and was written by Súsanna Helena Patursson.[3]
  • 1894 - The industrial revolution reaches the Faroes, with the arrival of commercial whaling, the first actual factory is built at Gjánoyri in 1901.
  • 1899 - On 5 November the Føroya Fólkaháskúli (Faroese Folk high school) was founded in Klaksvík, here the Faroese people could learn how to read and write in Faroese language, which they could not in the public schools, where Danish was the only language teachers were alloved to use. Ten years later the school was moved to Tórshavn.

20th century[edit]

  • 1906 - The political party Sambandsflokkurin (Union Party) was founded.
  • 1906 - The political party Sjálvstýrisflokkurin (Self-Government Party) was founded.
  • 1919 - The Flag of the Faroe Islands is created by Faroese students in Copenhagen, it was raised in the village Fámjin later the same year.
  • 1938 - Faroese language is now allowed as teaching language in the Faroese schools.
  • 1939 - Faroese language is now allowed to use in the churches of the Faroes (Fólkakirkjan, state church)
  • 1940 13 April - The British occupation of the Faroe Islands starts (lasting until 1945).
  • 1940 April Flag of the Faroe Islands officially recognized (by the British government).
  • 1946 September - A referendum on either a proposal of self-government or independence results in a small majority for independence.
  • 1948 April The home rule act comes into power giving the Faroes a degree of autonomy.
  • 1953 - The Constitution of Denmark (Grundloven) allowed the Faroe Islands as well as Greenland two members in the Danish Parliament.
  • 1957 - On 6 February Útvarp Føroya (now Kringvarp Føroya) started to broadcast Faroese radio.
  • 1988 - The Faroe Islands became a member of FIFA
  • 1989 - Faroe Islands is host for the Island Games.
  • 6 October 1992 – The bank Sjóvinnubankin declares bankruptcy and this starts off the worst economic depression in Faroese history.

21st century[edit]

  • 2005 - The Takeover Act (Overtagelsesloven) of 24 June 2005 which is an extension to the Self-governing Act of 1948, grants the Faroe Islands extended self-rule. The Constitution of Denmark (1953), The Self-governing Act (1948) and The Takeover Act (2005) make up the legal rights of the Faroe Islands within the Danish Realm.[4]
  • 2007 - The Faroese government took over the responsibilities of the only airport in the Faroe Islands, Vága Floghavn. Until this day the airport was run by Danish authorities (Statens Luftfartsvæsen).[5]
  • 2007 - The Faroese government took over the responsibilities of the Faroese Church (Fólkakirkjan) which until then had been Danish.
  • 2013 - In July 2013 the EU imposed sanctions to the Faroe Islands due to a dispute over the fishing quota of herring and mackerel.[6] The boycott started on 28 August 2013, the boycott implies that Faroese vessels carrying herring or mackerel are banned from all EU ports, including Denmark, Sweden and Finland.[7] The Faroe Islands can no longer export herring or mackerel to EU countries as long the boycott persists.

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