Faroe Islands ( Denmark)
Origin of earth on stamps of Faroe Islands
is an island country comprising an archipelago of small islands between
the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway
320 kilometers north-northwest of Scotland.
The area is approximately 1,400 square kilometers with a 2015 population of 48,700.
The islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark
The archipelago is very rugged and has an extremely moderated subpolar oceanic climate that is windy,
wet, cloudy and cool year around.
In spite of its northerly latitude, temperatures average above freezing year around.
Between 1035 and 1814, the Faroe Islands were part of the Kingdom of Norway.
The 1814 Treaty of Kiel granted Denmark control over the islands,
along with two other Norwegian regions: Greenland
The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948.
The postage stamps and postal history of the Faroe
Islands began in the 1860s with a message exchange system
called Skjúts, which was before a regular boat service was
established between the islands.
Postage is now under the control of Postverk Føroya,
the Postage Stamp Department of which has taken over
all the work relating to Faroese postage stamps.
So far there are no single stamp of Faroe islands that directly related
Some official stamps of Faroe Islands to consider
 These stamps shows geologic origin of the islands, include the islands position on Pangea
continent and its movement to the current position, due to continental drift.
Millions of years ago the continents of the Earth were joined in a super continent called Pangaea.
About 200-135 million years ago, Pangaea split into two parts, Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south.
About 60 million years ago the seafloor had started to spread between Canada and Greenland along the Labrador Ridge,
and between Greenland and the Faroe-Rockall plateau along the Mid Atlantic Ridge.
This was the start of an era of intense volcanic activity along the entire continental shelf, and volcanoes appeared
all the way from Greenland, on the Faroe-Rockall Plateau and along the west coast of Scotland down to the south eastern corner of Ireland.
Great parts of the Faroe-Rockall Plateau as well as parts of the British Plateau sank below sea level.
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- [R2] Postal History and Philately of Faroe Islands:
Links to official website of the Post Authority, stamp catalog and a list of new stamps of Faroe Islands are here
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.