satw: denmark

The Country That Wasn’t

After the end of the Second World War, Denmark was liberated from German occupation. Everything was a mess politically. It was unclear what was going to happen to far-flung provinces and colonies of the Kingdom of Denmark, which at the time included Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. The residents of Faroe Islands took matters into their own hands. They voted 50.74% in favor of independence from Denmark. Their declaration of independence was annulled by the Danish King, Christian X. Technically the Faroe Islands had been independent for just two days!

Later, a compromise was reached, and it was determined that the Faroe Islands would be granted greater self-rule.