List of political parties in the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands have a multi-party system, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.

There are two major ideological cleavages in Faroese politics. In addition to the left-right spectrum, parties are also divided between those that want to maintain the Faroes' place within the Danish Realm ('unionists') and those that want Faroese independence ('separatists').

The current government is formed by a coalition between the two major centre-right parties, the Union Party and the People's Party, and the small, centrist Centre Party and Self-Government Party.

Political parties with elected representation at a national levelEdit

There are currently seven parties represented in the Løgting. The two largest parties – each with eight seats – represent centre-right unionism and centre-right separatism, while the next two – each with six seats – represent centre-left unionism and left-wing separatism. There are also three minor parties in the Løgting.

Logo Party MPs Ideology Leader Notes
Løgting
(Faroese
Parliament)
Folketing
(Danish
Parliament)
Union Party
Sambandsflokkurin
6 1 Centre-rightconservative liberal and Nordic agrarian. In favour of union with Denmark. Bárður Nielsen Also rendered as the Unionist Party
People's Party
Fólkaflokkurin
6 0 Centre-rightliberal conservative. In favour of Faroese independence. Jørgen Niclasen
Social Democratic Party
Javnaðarflokkurin
7 1 Centre-leftsocial democratic. In favour of union with Denmark. Aksel V. Johannesen Also rendered as the Equality Party
Republic
Tjóðveldi
7 0 Left-wingdemocratic socialist. In favour of Faroese independence. Høgni Hoydal Also rendered as the Party for People's Government
  Progress
Framsókn
2 0 Centre-rightclassical liberal. In favour of Faroese independence. Poul Michelsen
Centre Party
Miðflokkurin
2 0 CentreChristian democratic and agrarian. In favour of Faroese independence. Jenis av Rana
Self-Government Party
Sjálvstýrisflokkurin
2 0 Centresocial liberal. In favour of gradual Faroese independence. Kári P. Højgaard Also rendered as the Home Rule Party or Independence Party
 
Schematic depiction of the political party spectrum in the Faroe Islands

Defunct partiesEdit

See alsoEdit