My name is Peter Smedskjaer-Stenland. I am 35, I am a university student and I run a bar in Tórshavn. I come from the Chicago area in Illinois.
When and why did you move to the Faroe islands?
I moved to the Faroes because I wanted to be close to my kids, who live here with their mom.
What was your first impression of the Faroe Islands and Faroese people?
My first impression was they are friendly, but sometimes missing the point.
What’s the best thing about the Faroe Islands and Faroese people?
The best thing about the Faroese people can be found in fishermen. There is a quality I can’t describe, but it makes them the salt of the Earth.
What’s the worst thing about the Faroe islands and Faroese people?
There is a relaxed attitude to some terrible acts by a few Faroese people, and that ends up representing the Islands instead.
What are the differences between the Faroe Islands and your home country?
Well, size…. But also, if a fight breaks out, there is usually someone who will get in between and stop it right away.
Do you like Faroese music? If yes, what are your favorite bands?
Yes, especially Týr. There is a new band, Sperol. They played at Koba once. Great band.
Do you like Faroese food? If yes, what are your favorite dishes?
I love grind. It tastes a lot like jerky.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Back in Chicago, working as an engineer.
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
My strengths. Well, I am taking a university degree in a language that I barely understand. My weaknesses. I trust people too easily, and I am really bad at Faroese.
What is top on your bucket list?
See my kids as an old man. Have them visit me a couple times a week.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Knowledge is power” – France is bacon. (Say it out loud).
Which other countries have you been to?
Norway, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.
If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
I would have spent more time with my mom and dad.
What would you do if you won one million DKK?
Pay off my debts, buy my kids telescopes and equipment, then move back to Chicago.
What advice would you give to foreigners who plan to move to the Faroe Islands?
Think about this carefully. The Faroes is a harsh environment and only the strongest survive. Success is not promised, but if you do move here and enjoy any degree of success, it is all because of you and your own strengths.