Faroese perspectives regarding the European Union's Arctic Policy
Strategically located where the North Atlantic meets the Arctic, the Faroe Islands lie at the centre of one of the world’s most productive and sustainably managed fisheries regions. The Faroe Islands governs a maritime area of 274,000 km2, with a continental shelf area of 301,000 km2.
Located in the Arctic region, the Faroe Islands are one of the European Union’s closest neighbours in Northern Europe. The Faroe Islands are a part of Europe not only geographically but also due to shared European history, linguistic and cultural heritage and common European values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Among the mainstays of the EU’s engagement in the Arctic is the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, which is among the EU’s most important tools to foster knowledge and development in the Arctic.
Faroese researchers are active in projects examining climate change, the ocean and marine resources, energy and IT, as well as social and demographic trends and health issues, all with direct relevance for enhancing our common understanding of the Arctic region. Some of these projects are: EduArctic, ArcticHubs, ARCSAR,
INTERACT, ClimeFish, PrimeFish, Blue-Action and AtlantOS.
The Faroe Marine Research Institute is also a part of EUROFLEETS+ which will give access for EU researchers to use the facilities of the new Faroese state-of-the art research vessel Jákup Sverri.
Read more about Arctic projects here
Input from the Faroe Islands to the update of EU’s Arctic Policy can be downloaded here
Read about EU Arctic Policy here
Read more about the Faroes and the Arctic on Government.fo
Picture from Arctic Centre, University of Lapland