Category: Society & Politics

“Womansplaining” the So-Called Masculinity Crisis ;-)

Read aloud at the Sirkus bar in Tórshavn during the Femifestival on 4 March 2024 Many Men are Struggling In our patriarchal society, age-old norms still dictate how men and women should be. Traditional gender perceptions lead us to expect men to be strong and stoic. Consequently, many men are afraid to talk about their …

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Gentrification: When Affluent Individuals Take over Neighbourhoods

Gentrification is a process of change occurring in numerous cities worldwide, where old, often rundown and neglected neighbourhoods are renovated and revitalised. But is this development always beneficial? This is the question, as gentrification often leads to conflicts between long-term residents—sometimes spanning several generations—and newer, more affluent arrivals. In this presentation, I aim to address …

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Is it Only the Fishing and Fish Farming Industries that Sustain the Faroe Islands?

With approximately 93% of the Faroe Islands’ exports being fish products (2021), many have the impression that the fishing and fish farming industry is almost solely responsible for sustaining the country and enabling us to survive on the islands. But is this correct? This perception is also why some believe these industries hold a special …

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Justification for the Introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income Guarantee

In the past, when no one had ownership rights over natural resources, all living beings, both animals and humans, shared everything collectively. No one was prevented from taking what nature provided, just as no one stops birds from living off what they find in nature. People relied on what was immediately available and had to …

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Should Assumed Magnanimity Allow for Breaking the Law?

Regarding today’s verdict on Inger Støjberg, former minister for immigration, integration and housing in Denmark. Why do so many people want to turn this case into a question of whether one is for or against child brides? No sane person supports child brides or paedophilia – of course not, but that’s not what the verdict …

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The Struggle Between Urban and Rural Areas

What mindset most promotes or hinders development and wellbeing in the Faroe Islands? Is it the dream of the modern, technologically advanced city life, or the belief that “everything was better in the old days”? Who is right – those who want to make the Faroe Islands a hyper-modern global IT society, or those who …

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Distance Makes Us Appreciate Presence

Column in the Faroese Women’s Magazine “Kvinna” about the Corona crisis:  From carefree to nervous worry February 3 this year I flew from the Faroe Islands to spend a long winter holiday in Cuba with seven girlfriends. Little did we know that a month later we would return home to a reality where everything was …

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Is the Desire for the Perfect Housewife Still Hanging Around as an Ideal?

With regard to yesterday’s International Women’s Day, how far have we come with gender equality when it comes to our attitudes? Many are still clinging to old ideas about gender that prevailed in the 60s (as the advice to women in the picture to the right illustrates). It seems more than ever before that some …

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The COVID-19 Crisis Highlights the Importance of an Economic Safety Net

The wheels of society must keep turning. If they don’t, things will go wrong. In times of crisis like this, it is up to governments around the world to prove their value by taking responsibility and implementing systems to ensure that everything doesn’t come to a halt. No one should be left in a situation …

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Do Clima Activists Like Greta Thunberg Cause Fear or Hope?

Speech at the climate strike on Friday, September 27, 2019 Dear listeners, Myths and Facts There is currently a vigorous debate on social media about what is myth and what is fact regarding the climate. The disagreements are significant, and it is evident that many emotions are involved. Even though some insist that what climate …

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Protect the Rights and Liberties of Homosexuals

By Elin Brimheim Heinesen Whether we like it or not, homosexuality is a reality we cannot ignore. We can choose to accept this reality or not, but burying our heads in the sand is not helpful. Homosexuals have always existed and will not disappear, regardless of efforts to prevent these people from loving their own …

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Why do you vote for the politician you vote for?

With an election on the horizon, I want to ask some questions to all those planning to carry out their democratic duty and cast their vote. If you’re still undecided on who to vote for, these questions might help guide you to make the right choice. And if you have already made your decision, the …

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30 Rules of Thumb Ensuring Success With Your Project

Leadership is a difficult art. Here are some good advice for you, who have either taken on or been given the role as leader for a larger project, and maybe have never really tried it before. What should you consider? © Elin Brimheim Heinesen, 2003 THE PROJECT Understand that successful project completion requires good planning …

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Dear Anonymous Hacktivists (and everyone else)

Well, this really takes the biscuit! This morning a number of Faroese websites were hacked by some people who call themselves Anonymous Australia in an attempt to harm the Faroese because of their pilot whaling practice. Now these people are threatening to do the same to a number of other Faroese people and institutions – including me! …

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If We Lose Our Foods We Lose Who We Are

I was born in the late 50’ies in the Faroe Islands. At that time we pretty much had a subsistence way of life in this remote place on earth with a hostile climate and an environment that humans could never hope to survive in without eating animals. In winter, our region is stormy and dark …

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The Global Disney-World

Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd activists, as well as others have declared war against the Faroese whalers and announced that they will be present in the Faroes in the summer 2011 to stop any attempt to drive or kill pilot whales. The Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” about dolphin slaughter in Taiji in Japan, has …

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Faroe Islands at a Crossroads

The Faroe Islands are at a crossroads. Do we want to be a modern globalised society or do we want to hold on to our traditional way of life? Or… is it possible to combine these two? A presentation held by Elin Brimheim Heinesen for Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Iceland, 23 May 2009 We …

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Celebrity Visits Generate Publicity

With former US president Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore in the country’s guest book, international media coverage could be causing the Faroes to emerge from obscurity—clearing the way for effective nation branding. Búi Tyril talks to Elin Heinesen, Managing Director of SamVit, Faroe Islands Enterprise, and others. By Búi Tyril, Faroe …

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What’s the Hype About?

The Faroe Islands have suddenly received a lot of media attention – why has this happened? Interview with Elin Heinesen, Managing Director of SamVit – Faroe Islands Enterprise (Faroe Islands Trade & Tourism Council) 4. March 2008: – These are really exciting times in the Faroe Islands. Never before in all of history, have the …

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Another Phase, a New Face

The recent merger of the Trade Council and the Tourist Board into one Trade & Tourism Council is likely to remain high on the new managing director’s agenda for a while—but it doesn’t stop her from bringing scores of innovative ideas to the table. By Búi Tyril, Faroe Business Report 2007 It was widely seen as signifying at least a generational change, if …

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