The national language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese, a North Germanic language. It is one of five languages descended from Old West Norse spoken in the Middle Ages, the others being Norwegian, Icelandic, and the extinct Norn and Greenlandic Norse. Faroese and Icelandic, its closest extant relative, are not mutually intelligible in speech, but the written languages resemble each other quite closely, largely owing to Faroese’s etymological orthography.
Speaking English in the Faroe Islands
Faroese people tend to have a very good level of English and it is easy to get around the country, even if you don’t speak Faroese. You will find that the Faroese people are happy to stop and help you in English.