Early in the 11th century, Sigmundur Brestisson (961–1005) – whose clan had flourished in the southern islands before invaders from the northern islands almost exterminated it – escaped to Norway.
On 12 April 1940 British troops occupied the Faroe Islands, shortly after the German invasion of Denmark on 9 April 1940.
In 1942–1943 the British Royal Engineers, under the leadership of Lt. William Law MC, built the only airport in the Faroe Islands, Vágar Airport.
The islands also have representation in the Nordic Council as members of the Danish delegation.
The Faroe Islands also have their own national teams competing in certain sports.
A traditional name for the islands in Irish, Na Scigirí, possibly refers to the (Eyja-)Skeggjar "(Island-)Beards", a nickname given to island dwellers.
According to the Færeyinga saga, more emigrants left Norway who did not approve of the monarchy of Harald Fairhair (ruled c. These people settled the Faroes around the end of the 9th century.Between 10, the Faroes were part of the Hereditary Kingdom of Norway.In 1814, the Treaty of Kiel granted Denmark control over the islands, along with two other Norwegian island possessions: Greenland and Iceland.Archaeological evidence shows settlers living on the Faroe Islands in two successive periods prior to the arrival of the Norse, the first between 300 and 600 AD and the second between 600 and 800 AD.Archaeologist Mike Church noted that Dicuil (see below) mentioned what may have been the Faroes.The Faroe Islands subsequently declared independence on 18 September 1946; however, this declaration was annulled by Denmark on 20 September on the grounds that a majority of the Faroese voters had not supported independence and King Christian X of Denmark dissolved the Faroese Løgting on 24 September.