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Faroe Islands

, although, when Norway entered the Kalmar Union with Denmark, it gradually resulted in Danish control of the islands. The Reformation (Protestant Reformation) reached the Faroes in 1538. When the union between Denmark and Norway dissolved as a result of the Treaty of Kiel in 1814, Denmark retained possession of the Faroe Islands. The trade monopoly in the Faroe Islands was abolished in 1856, after which the area developed as a modern fishing nation with its own fleet (Fishing fleet). The national awakening from 1888 initially arose from a struggle to maintain the Faroese language and was thus culturally (culture) oriented, but after 1906 it became more political (politics) with the foundation of political parties of the Faroe Islands. On 12 April 1940 British troops invaded the Faroes (British occupation of the Faroe Islands). The move was meant to counterbalance the invasion of Denmark (Operation Weserübung) by Germany on 9 April 1940, and had the objective of strengthening British control of the North Atlantic (see Battle of the Atlantic (Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945))). In 1942–1943 the British Royal Engineers (Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers) built the only airport in the Faroes, Vágar Airport. Control of the islands reverted to Denmark following the war, but in 1948 home-rule was introduced, with a high degree of local autonomy. In 1973 the Faroe Islands declined to join Denmark in entering the European Community (now the European Union). The islands experienced considerable economic difficulties following the collapse of the fishing industry in the early 1990s, but have since made efforts to diversify (diversity (business)) the economy. Support for independence has grown and is the objective of the Republican Party (Republic (Faroe Islands)). Politics and government Commons:Category:Faroe Islands WikiPedia:Faroe Islands Dmoz:Regional Europe Faroe Islands

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