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

On April 30, 2016, the Faroese parliament legalized same-sex marriage in the Faroe Islands. In the wake of this historic vote, we talk to Eiler Fagraklett, the head of LGBT Foroyar. We'll talk about what it was like to be in the Law Thing when the vote was cast, and we'll revisit some of the important moments in the fight for gay rights in the Faroes over the past five years.

Direct download: Podcast_262.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

The Law Thing has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the Faroe Islands today In honor of that historic vote, we take a look back at the first large scale LGBT Pride march in the Faroes. Believe it or not, it was only four years ago. Now you can relive the moment and get a little misty now that you know how the story ends.

We'll have full coverage of the vote and the celebrations that followed soon.

Direct download: Faroe_Pride.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

This week, we travel to an island many Faroese people have never been to: Stora Dimun. The small island is home to two families, lots of sheep, a few horses and cows, and a lot of jaw-dropping scenery.

We'll take a helicopter out to the island and then take a hike that's not for the faint of heart.

Also, bacon and waffles.

Direct download: Podcast_261.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

This week, another in our series on the immigrant experience in the Faroe Islands. We talk to Kinga Eysturland, who was raised in Poland, speaks perfect American English, and is married to a Russian who is a Faroese citizen who is obsessed with Uruguay. We'll talk about the joys and struggles of being a foreigner in close-knit society structured mainly around families.

Then we'll go to a living room in Gota and hear the beautiful and haunting voice of Eivor.

As a reminder, this is the last week to sign up for this year's Nordic Obsession Tour. To learn more, visit the Nordic Obsession Website.

Direct download: Podcast_260.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

This week, we wrap up our coverage of the 2015 G! Festival by venturing into the campground and speaking with the hearty souls who sleep and party there. Then we'll listen to a little music from Teitur and Eivor and engage in an early morning ramble about the festival.


Also, time is running out to sign up for this July's Nordic Obsession Tour. The deadline is April 4th. Learn more and reserve your place at the Nordic Obsession website.

Direct download: Podcast_259.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

This week, we talk to Chris Ould about his crime novel set in the Faroe Islands: The Blood Strand.

We'll talk about why this English author set his novel in the Faroes, and what he learned while writing it.

Then we'll stroll to the most beautiful place on earth and just soak in the atmosphere. 

Reminder: Time is running out to sign up for this summer's Nordic Obsession Tour. To learn more and travel to the Faroe Islands with us this summer, visit the Nordic Obsession website.

Direct download: Podcast_258.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

EP 257: G! Festival, 2015, Day 2

This week, we hear music from Uni Debess, Marius, Monkey Rat, and the Hackney Colliery Band.


Also registration is still open for this year's Nordic Obsession tour of the Faroe Islands. Learn more at the Nordic Obsession website.

Direct download: Podcast_257.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

EP 256: G! Festival 2015, Day 1

This week, we review the first day of the 2015 G! Festival. We're hear an interview with Franka, and music from Hogni, Sakaris, and Elinborg Pálsdóttir.

Also, registration for this year's Nordic Obsession Tour continues. Go to the Nordic Obsession website to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Direct download: Podcast_256.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

This month, Kiasmos played a packed show in Portland, Oregon. We caught up with the Faroese half of the electronic duo (Janus Rasmussen) following the show. If you'd like to see a live set from Kiasmos, you can see it here.


Also, early registration for the 2016 Nordic Obsession tour ends when the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve. Save $250 when you register before the year ends. Learn more at the Nordic Obsession website.

Direct download: Podcast_255.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

Christmas music and conversation with Stanley Samuelsen, first recorded in 2011.

Direct download: Stanley_Revisited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12am EDT