Place in News: Faroe Islands

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    In News

    • Recently, approx 1,400 Dolphins were killed as a part of old tradition in Faroe Islands.

    About

    • The “grindadrap” is a practice whereby hunters first surround the whales with a wide semi-circle of fishing boats and then drive them into a bay to be beached and slaughtered.

    Faroe Islands

    • It is an archipelago, in the North Atlantic ocean, located 320 kilometres northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland.
    • An archipelago is a group of islands closely scattered in a body of water. Usually, this body of water is the ocean, but it can also be a lake or river.
    • Like Greenland, it is an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark. 
      • It is a part of the Nordic countries
    • The terrain is rugged; the climate is subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc)—windy, wet, cloudy, and cool.

    Scandinavian and Nordic countries

    • The use of the word ‘Skandinavien’ is common in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish languages because that word refers to the ancient territories of the Norsemen: Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. 
    • Faroe Island and Iceland were part of the Norsemen territory as well.
    • ‘Nordic’ is a term derived from the local Scandinavian-language word ‘Norden’ which in literal terms means, the northern islands. 
    • Nordic countries include Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and the Faroe Islands (an archipelago of islands as an autonomous country within the kingdom of Denmark).
    • These countries share similar flags, languages, and many cultural traits.

    Source: IE