This year was the first time since 1966 that a Norwegian Prime Minister made an official visit to the Faroe Islands. This happened two weeks ago when the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, came to the islands for a two-day visit.
On this year's Norwegian Constitution Day on 17 May, the Norwegian Prime Minister was not in Norway. Instead, he took the opportunity to visit his country's small neighbour to the west, the Faroe Islands, for two days.
The trip marked the first time in 46 years that a Norwegian Prime Minister visited the Faroe Islands. The last time was in 1966, when the Faroe Islands hosted Per Borten from the Centre Party, who was the Norwegian Prime Minister at the time.
'I wanted to change this by visiting the Faroe Islands today, on the Norwegian Constitution Day', said Jens Stoltenberg at a Norwegian-Faroese cultural event in the Nordic House in Tórshavn.
During the visit Jens Stoltenberg met with the Faroese Prime Minister, Kaj Leo Johannesen, to discuss collaboration in the fishing industry, the fish-farming industry, and the oil and gas industry. They also discussed developments in the Arctic and the potential for future collaborations. In addition to this, Stoltenberg and his wife visited the old village Kirkjubøur, where they were shown around the historical sights by the resident farmer, Jóannes Patursson.
(photo: Álvur Haraldsen)