Denmark's Disappearing Islands

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Denmark's Disappearing Islands

Saturday June 23, 2018 Written by Genevieve

Faroe

Faroe

The Faroe Islands are a very beautiful collection of 18 landmasses. While technically belonging to the Kingdom of Denmark, the remote archipelago is autonomous in its governing, and proud of its national identity – informed mostly by a blend of Icelandic, Norweigan, Danish and Scottish references.

But in spite of this cultural pride, the population of the Faroe Islands is dwindling. Home to an estimated 50,000 people, boasting only three sets of traffic lights (all in the capital, Torshavn), and surrounded by a vast expanse of ocean, the country can seem a little like the land that time forgot. As little towns ail and jobs diminish, more and more Faroese are leaving to seek greater opportunities abroad.

While hitchhiking and couch surfing his way around the islands, Photographer Kevin Faingnaert made it his mission to document these disappearing communities. Over the course of a few months, Kevin captured as many of the strange, bright little houses, formidable mountains, affecting faces and defiant spirit of a people determined to fully live and celebrate their culture, no matter what time brings, or takes.

Faroe

Faroe