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Cold War in the periphery
Faroese Cold War History


Samal Johansen

From the early Post War period the Faroes became a part of the Danish/American geo-political sphere, a status which was uphold during the whole Cold War Period. During the 1950’s and early 1960’s Denmark, the US and NATO established military and semi military installations in the Faroes. Formally the Faroese Homerule Government had no ruling on these matters, even though they tried to make their mark on this development. Ever since these events, the question of what role the Faroe Islands played within the Western Alliance and who benefittet from this, has been a question of dispute, among scholars as well as in public debate.

This paper is presenting some features of  ‘Faroese involvement’ in the militarisation of the Faroe Islands themselves. It shows that common perception of the Faroese governments as hostile towards military buildup and of the parliament as strongly opposed to membership of any military alliance, is far from correct.