Faroe Islands. After three decades of disagreement, the Faroe Islands, Denmark and the United Kingdom agreed in May on the border crossing in the North Atlantic between the Faroe Islands and the Shetland Islands. The agreement was the clear sign for the exploitation of potential oil fields in the area. On the Scottish side, abundant finds have been made in the past, and in 2000 drilling for oil on the Faroese side began.
In October, the self-government government, the national government, presented a white paper with its report on the conditions for Faroese emancipation from Denmark. But the responsible minister, Høgni Hoydal of the Republican Tjóðveldis flockin, faced stiff opposition from the opposition for his line of full independence. In the debates debate, both the Social Democratic Javnunflokkur and the Conservative Union Flockin claimed that independence would lead to great financial difficulties. Instead, they advocated increased self-government within the framework of the so-called national community with Denmark. A poll also showed that the majority of the Faroese supported the opposition’s line.
The overall opposition from the opposition was a hardship for the government, which had hoped for a broad consensus behind a platform for negotiations with Denmark. The “Prime Minister”, Lawman Anfinn Kallsberg from the Conservative People’s Party, postponed the presentation of the government’s platform until 2000.