The Faroe Islands or simply Faroes (Faroese: Føroyar, meaning "Sheep Islands", Danish: Færøerne) are a group of islands in the north Atlantic Ocean between the United Kingdom, Norway and Iceland. They have been an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948 and have, over the years, taken control of most matters, except defence (they have a small organized native military in Mjørkadalur, which is the responsibility of Denmark, and a small Police Force and Coast Guard) and foreign affairs.
The Faroes have close traditional ties to Iceland, Shetland, the Orkney Islands, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland. The archipelago was detached from Norway in 1814. The Faroes are represented in the Nordic Council as a part of the Danish Delegation.