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

This week, Heri Simonsen talks to Maurice Ross about managing the new Suduroy United football (soccer) team. The team is a merger of three clubs on the southern island that haven't had much success in the past, but are now contending for the Europa League spot in the EFFO League.

Then we'll hear a live recording of Marius singing "Shades," which is a song so beautiful it will just rip you to shreds. 

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This week, we travel to Nolsoy to visit a cafe that has turned the tiny island into a live music destination. Maggie's is located in the basement of Terji Rasmussen's house, but this small venue is attracting some big names in Faroese music. We'll talk to Terji about the cafe, and listen to a little music.

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We've noticed that our podcasts about whales get big download numbers, as do our shows on gay rights. So, we thought, how about doing a show about gay whales? Consider it done!

We talk to Eiler Fagraklett, the head of LGBT Foroyar about a Faroese children's book that features... wait for it... a gay whale. OK, maybe it's gay. It's probably gay. So we read from the book and talk a little about how life has changed for LGBT people (sorry, whales) in the Faroes over the last ten years.

Then we stand in a new tunnel that definitely is not haunted. 

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This week, we attend a World Cup Qualification match in Torshavn The Faroese take on Hungary in a surprisingly exciting match.

 

Then we go out into the parking lot and swap scarves.

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This week, we hitch a ride to the World Cup qualifying match between Hungary and the Faroe Islands. And we get some surprising results from various Faroe Islands football (soccer) matches.

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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.

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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

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