The Faroe Islands: Options for independence

Maria Ackrén

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The Faroe Islands are currently at a crossroads in their constitutional status. Discussions
concerning changes in the current constitutional status are ongoing and several analyses
about possible trajectories of future development are being proposed. Argued in a context
of Faroese nationalism, this article tries to assess these trajectories in the future
jurisdictional and political development of the Faroe Islands in terms of three possible
scenarios: independence or full sovereignty (as is Iceland); a freely associated statehood
(as are Niue and the Cook Islands in relation to New Zealand); or a confederation,
probably involving changes at both the central level of the Danish state and the European
Union level. This article argues that the most likely future development is that of a state in
free association with Denmark. Meanwhile, island politics can change very quickly and the
traditional cleavages in Faroese politics are liable to changing degrees of public support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-238
JournalIsland studies journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Nationalism
  • Sovereignty
  • Free Association
  • Confederation
  • Faroe Islands


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