March 29th, 2015

politics

Links I found interesting for 29-03-2015

diplomacy

What are the best known books set on the Faroe and Åland Islands, and Svalbard?

See note on methodology

Since I did the British-ruled non-sovereign territories of Europe a couple of days back, I felt it only appropriate to do the Danish, Finnish and Norwegian equivalents. (NB that Greenland is not in Europe, nor are Ceuta and Melilla, or French Guiana, etc etc.)

The Faroe Islands

There's a very clear winner for the Faroes, a Danish novel about a mild-mannered chap who has a fascination with a particular astronaut. It sounds very entertaining:

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The Faroes don't do badly in general:

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Even a couple of novels by Faroese writers:

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The Åland Islands

Not as rich pickings as the Faroes, but at least the top novel is a recently published best-seller by a native writer:

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Not too far behind is a thriller by a British writer.

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Bonus islands: Svalbard and Jan Mayen

I'm afraid that I'll have to rule out a well-known children's fantasy because only a small section of the book is set there:

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Svalbard is reasonably well served, in fact, the top book being a horror story set there just before the second world war:

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See also:

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