The Faroe Islands are a minor island nation and our national language has a rather limited geographic distribution. It has therefore always been a necessary for the Faroese to master foreign languages in order to communicate with the outside world.
Linguistic skills are a part of the culture, so to speak: for survival, for cultural development or just to keep up with what is going on around us.
Since Posta in the mid-seventies started to issue stamps, our information materials and communication has been delivered in five languages: English, German, French, Danish and Faroese. This has worked well so far, but as the increasing globalization has opened markets in new linguistic and cultural fields, the needs and requirements for communication have grown as well.
It is therefore with great pride that we now are able to present ourselves in two of the world's largest and most widespread languages – Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish.
In the future, all our promotional materials will be available on our web side in these languages, and direct correspondence via E-mail and traditional mail will now be answered in Chinese and Spanish. The Spanish version of www.stamps.fo was launched on January 17th this year and the Chinese version on March 13th.
We welcome all Mandarin and Spanish speakers to our little branch of the world culture and hope you will find pleasure in exploring our colourful and interesting universe.
Svanbjørg Manai, director