Puffins, Salmon, and Great Relations

Tórshavn in the evening. (Photos: State Dept.)
Photo: State Dept.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Laura Lochman visited the Faroe Islands from May 4-5, 2017 to meet with a wide variety of contacts in the Danish and Faroese governments, Faroese business, and Faroese society.

Meeting Løgting members. (Photo: State Dept.)
Meeting Løgting members. (Photo: State Dept.)

The U.S. and the Faroe Islands

The U.S. and the Faroe Islands have long enjoyed good relations,  especially in the areas of trade and culture. During her May 4-5 visit, Chargé d’Affaires Lochman met with Danish High Commissioner Dan Michael Knudsen, Foreign Minister Poul Michelsen, Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Herálvur Joensen, Finance Minister Kristina Háfoss, Mayor of Tórshavn Annika Olsen, and the Løgting (Parliament) to talk about as diverse topics as global politics, U.S.-Faroese relations and trade, and the Faroese business sector.

Bekkafrost facilities (Photo: State Dept)
Bekkafrost facilities (Photo: State Dept)

Trade and diversification

Chargé d’Affaires Lochman also visited the House of Industry to learn more about the major sectors of the Faroese economy, including fisheries, aquaculture, and maritime services. Just like many other places around the world, the Faroe Islands are diversifying their economy, which could turn into new avenues for business and trade between the U.S. and the Faroe Islands, generating growth and prosperity in both countries. Following the visit at the House of Industry, the Embassy delegation visited a major player in Faroese business, Bekkafrost, for a tour of their facilities and an in-depth introduction into the fisheries business as it looks in the 21st century.

Meeting a fellow American

Serving American citizens abroad is also an important part of the U.S. Embassy’s mission. While the Faroe Islands are home to only a small number of U.S. citizens, the Embassy ensures that they have the opportunity to meet with Embassy staff on a routine basis. This trip was no exception.  Chargé Lochman and Embassy staff met with a few of the Americans who have made the Faroe Islands their new home. These meetings are a way for U.S. citizens to report the births of their children, and get new passports or other consular services without having to go to Copenhagen. But they are also a great chance to simply have a chat about life outside the U.S., ask any questions they may have, get ideas for improved U.S. Embassy services, and share news from the Embassy.

Puffins on Mykines. (Photo: State Dept.)
Puffins on Mykines. (Photo: State Dept.)

Don’t forget the Puffins

And what trip to the Faroe Islands would be complete without a visit to those who are arguably the most famous inhabitants, the puffins on Mykines!