Faroe Islands - the land of mostly men (and fewer women)

Faroe IslandsPosted on 26 March 2023 by Team

Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang has produced a new book called "Atlantic Cowboy" depicting the lives of unmarried men in the remote Faroe Islands archipelago.

The portraits shine a light on the lives of men working in physically demanding jobs such as fishing and hunting pilot whales. The Faroese economy traditionally revolves around these roles which have typically been male-dominated. The gender imbalance has led to 107 men for every 100 women in the self-governing nation, according to World Bank data. The nation's government has invested in gender equality and employment initiatives to attract women to the islands. In recent years, the economy has improved due to a growing tourism and service sector, with GDP per capita having tripled since 2000. Gjestvang writes, the lack of women was not evident in the Faroese capital, Tórshavn, although it became "quite visible" when travelling to smaller villages. Gjestvang believes most of the men she photographed were not lonely, thanks in part to the close-knit nature of Faroese families, and the men were content to live in their own homes. "One man I interviewed told me that the Faroe Islands is the perfect playground for men," Gjestvang said.

Have a full-read here: edition.cnn.com/style/article/faroe-islands-andrea-gjestvang-atlantic-cowboys/index.html


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