Faroe Islands Education

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The education system is entirely under the control of the local government, although it was only nationalized in 1979, and is historically and culturally influenced strongly by the Danish education system.

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There is a full general school system including upper secondary education and vocational education, the latter strongly oriented towards fishing and related marine business.

The options for higher education and specialized professional education in the Faeroe Islands are limited.

The Faeroe Islands have a small university in the capital city of Thorshavn, with a focus on teaching and researching in the national language and literature as well as in science, and a teacher-training college and other professional schools, but the need to go abroad is still substantial.

The colonial pattern of traveling to Denmark for advanced education is gradually being modified, however; advanced technological and other education may sometimes be more relevant in Atlantic fishing countries such as Norway or Iceland.