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Google gives in to Faroese peer pressure

Last November, the Faroe Islands became the latest remote part of the world to be featured on Google Street View.

Tired of waiting for Google to map the Faroe Islands, resident Durita Andreassen (of Visit Faroe Islands) started her own Sheep View in July 2016. She strapped 360-degree cameras to a handful of sheep and uploaded the resulting images, with their GPS coordinates, to Street View, while petitioning Google to finish the job, writes The Guardian.

When the project hit the headlines, Google responded by supplying islanders with camera equipment. Residents and tourists captured more images on foot, by bike, in cars, from kayaks and ships – and even attached them to wheelbarrows.

On 1 November 2017, Google announced that Street View now officially features the Faroe Islands. Highlights include Sørvágsvatn, a spectacular clifftop lake, and the Mulafossur waterfall cascading into the sea at Gásadalur, both on the westerly island of Vágar, writes the Guardian.

Meanwhile, the enterprising tourist board – Visit Faroe Islands – is on to its next stunt: campaigning to have Faroese included on Google Translate. Again, it started by creating a DIY version, Faroe Islands Translate, with locals translating live by video. An estimated 80,000 people speak Faroese worldwide – if the campaign is as successful as Sheep View, by this time next year, there could be a whole lot more, concludes The Guardian.

Image Credits: Washington Post


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