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Immigrants account for more than 3 percent of the Faroese population…but only ONE of them is running for a place in the parliament

It is safe to say that very few immigrants are campaigning for a place in the Faroese parliament.

The number of all candidates is 179, and only one of them – Nina Dahl, originally from Denmark – is foreign-born.

Ms. Dahl is running for the Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin).

As of January 2019, 1488 non-Nordic citizens resided in the Faroe Islands, representing 98 countries, accounting for 2,9% of the total population. Philippines, Thailand, Romania, and Poland are the top four largest groups represented in the Faroe Islands.

That is according to Immigration.fo.

As implied above, this statistic does not include people from Scandinavian countries, i.e. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

The Faroe Islands have never had a foreign-born MP.

What is more, fewer than one in three of the 179 candidates running in the election for the Faroese parliament are women.

Last week, Local.fo wrote that 29 percent of the candidates running in the election are women. This was written before the deadline to register as a candidate expired last Saturday.

At the time, 45 of 155 candidates were women.

Read more: ‘It’s a Man’s World’ – Fewer than one in three candidates for Faroese parliament are women

As it turned out, another 24 people – 11 men and 13 women – registered as candidates. Hence, at the end of the day, 58 of the 179 candidates who are standing for the parliament are women. This amounts to 32.4 percent, slightly higher than in 2015 when 48 of the 169 candidates – 28.4 percent – were women.

In 2015, 11 women were elected to the Faroese parliament, which amounts to 33.3 percent.

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