The Faroe Islands were originally inhabited by Vikings and settlers from Norway. In 1380, as part of a union between Denmark, Norway and Sweden the Faroe Islands over the years came under the increasing control of Denmark. When the union was dissolved in 1814, Denmark assumed complete control of the Faroe Islands. This condition continued until 1948 when the islands became an autonomous province of Denmark. They are located in Northern Europe between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The population of the island is approximately 48,856 with no known literacy rate but it is assumed to be the same as Denmark at 99%. The official languages are Danish and Faroese (descended from Old Norse).
The educational system of The Faroe Islands follows that of Denmark, of which the province is still a part.