The Faroe Islands Podcast
Faroe Islands news, culture, politics, and music.

This week, we talk to Mary Zahorsky. She was an exchange student in the Faroe Islands back in the 1970s and stayed with our own Elin Brimheim Heinesen. More than 40 years later, Mary returned to the Faroes to see the country again and reconnect with Elin. We ask Mary about her experiences back in the '70s and what it's like to be back. Then we go out dancing.

Also, we tip our Faroese cap to KOKS. The restaurant recently became the first Faroese dining establishment to win a Michelin star.

NOTE: Just before we posted this, we got word that the Faroe Islands U17 football team just qualified for the European Championship in May. Congratulations to the team and we'll have a special podcast about the victory soon.

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Last November, we discussed the curious case of Ove Logmansbo. He claimed to be a half-Polish, half-Faroese author who set a trio of crime novels in his "native" Faroe Islands. The books, written in Polish, contained some serious factual errors that suggested Ove wasn't who he said he was and that he may not have ever been to the Faroes.

This week, it was revealed that Ove Logmansbo is actually Remigiusz Mroz, a famous Polish author who has written 30 books. And yes, he had never been to the Faroes before writing his three Ove Logmansbo books. But he made his first trip to the Faroe Islands this week, and it did not go as planned.

On our show, Heri Simonsen confronts Remi (in a polite Faroese way) about the inaccuracies in his books and the errors in how he portrayed the Faroe Islands and Faroese people. Then Heri and Matthew Workman talk about Remi's answers and the limits of fiction set in a real place.

We end with original music from Bryn Lidel. He's a musician from Portland, Oregon who wrote a song inspired by the Faroes.

Direct download: Podcast_274.mp3
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This week, we travel to Seattle to attend the Nordic Lights Film Festival. For the first time ever, the festival is playing a selection of Faroese shorts. We'll talk to festival organizers and to Heidrik, who had two selections playing.

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This week, we talk to the head of Visit Faroe Islands to learn about the state of tourism in the Faroes today. Not long ago, many questioned why people would want to visit the Faroes at all. Now many are asking, "how much is too much?" Gudrid Hojgaard talks about the opportunities and challenges of this new tourism landscape.

We'll also congratulate the U21 Handball team on their recent successes and visit one of the most touristed villages in the Faroes.

If you're interested in visiting the Faroe Islands, check out Visit Faroe Islands' website, and if you're interested in booking a tour, visit Greengate Incoming, 62N, and Atlantic Airways

Direct download: Podcast_272.mp3
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As Christmas approached the Faroe Islands, so did a massive storm that brought winds as strong as a category 3 hurricane. Thousands of buildings were damaged and cars were thrown into the sea by the violent winds.

We talk to KVF reporter Svein Magnason about the storm and its aftermath, and one small bit of good news that came from it.

Then we'll go for a rainy walk in Torshavn and think about the year that has past.

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As our Christmas present to you, we're sharing a new song recorded by our own Elin Brimheim Heinesen. We'll talk about Christmas in the Faroe Islands, and how she came to record this new Christmas song.

While recording this show, Elin talked about a severe storm that was coming to the Faroe Islands. Since then we've been getting reports of winds up to 166 miles per hour. To all our friends in the Faroes: we love you, and stay safe.

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This week, a special studio session and conversation with Jogvan. He became known to most people when he reached the finals of Denmark's X Factor a few years ago, but he's anything but a preening pop idol. Instead, he's performing raw, emotional music. We also have an emotionally raw conversation between songs.

(Bonus: If you listen closely in the background during the interview, you can hear the new Hamferd album being mixed.)

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This week, we talk to Jon Tyril about HOYMA. Tyril conceived of it as an "un-festival" where acoustic concerts were staged in people's living rooms. The idea has caught on in the Faroe Islands and in other countries.

Then, we'll sit on a bench at the harbor in Torshavn and wonder where all the action is on on Wednesday night. (Hint: inside)

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Strictly speaking, this isn't an episode of the Faroe Islands Podcast. Instead, it's an answer to the questions a lot of Faroese people have been having lately. Mainly: "What is going on in the USA right now?" We'll take a snapshot of life in one corner of America following the presidential election, and perhaps download some immigration forms.

A new episode of the podcast about the Faroe Islands is coming soon.

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This week, we learn more about Ove Logmansbo, who may be a half-Polish, half-Faroese man who has written a crime novel set in the Faroes, or may be something else entirely. Heri Simonsen talks to Kinga Eysturland about Logmansbo's book, "The Enclave" and why it appears to be written by someone who has never been to the Faroe Islands.

Direct download: Podcast_267.mp3
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