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Tjóðveldi Kalduroyar
Republic of Kalduroyar
Kalduroyan flag Kalduroyar coat of arms smaller
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Við lóg skal land byggjast
(With law shall land be built)
Anthem: Mítt land
Locationkalduroyaryd7
Capital Vesturhavnar
Largest city Vesturhavnar
Official language(s) Faroese
Demonym Kalduroyan, Kalduroyans
Government
President
Democratic republic
Jákup Dahl
Independent
from Denmark

1857
Area 7 islands
Population
 • 2008 est.
 • 2007 census
 
40.000 – 50.000 (205th)
181,012,876
GDP (PPP)
 • Total
 • Per capita
2008 estimate
$2,2 billion (175th)
$45.250 (9th)
GDP (nominal)
 • Total
 • Per capita
2007 estimate
($1.700 millions)
Unknown (?)
HDI () 0.944 (17th) – High
Currency Kalduroyan króna (KAK)
Time zone GMT -1
Internet TLD .ka
Calling code +429


Republic of Kalduroyar, Kalduroyar [ kεaltʊɹειaɹ ] in daily speech, is perhaps the smallest member nation of COFR with the tiny population of 40.000. The islands are located north-east of Faroe Islands, and halfway between Norway and Iceland. Between the middle ages and 1857, Kalduroyar was under Danish jurisdiction. The most of the Kalduroyan culture, including the language, is brought from the Faroe Islands. The current president, Jákup Dahl, was elected for the first time in 1996 (and re-elected in 2000 and 2004).

The islands in the archipelago are: Fjørðoy, Viðoy, Svínoy, Nólsoy, Skúvoy, Gøtu, Borðoy and Lítla Dimun. All the islands are inhabited; Fjørðoy has the largest population, Lítla Dimun the smallest.

Geography Edit

Kalduroyar consists of seven different islands, where Fjørðoy is the largest, and Lítla Dimun is the smallest. Most of the Kalduroyans live in small villages (bygðar) around in the archipelago.

The islands were created by volcanoes hundreds of thousands of years ago, and there's a lot of wind. The ground consists mainly of volcanic mountains and rocks with a thin layer of dirt upon it. Many places (especially at tall peaks and steeps) there isn't dirt at all. Places like that don't give any basis for human settlement, so therefore, most of the villages are located in small valleys innermost in the numerous fjords. Other villages are located near the sea (to have easier acession to the fish resources off-shore), but these villages are located at places without much wind (often with surrounding mountains).

History Edit

See own article: History of Kalduroyar

Energy Edit

See Wikipedia's article on the subject to read more about geothermal energy in general.

Most of the energy used in Kalduroyar comes from three energy sources: Wind, solar and geothermal power. Solar power has grown quickly in secluded settlements because the locals then don't need a power station, each house is equiped with a solar panel to gain energy directly from the sunlight. Wind power is gained with windmills all over the country. However, the most used energy source is geothermal power; for instance, Vesturhavnar's only energy source is a single geothermal station. All the energy sources mentioned are renewable energy sources, meaning that they don't pullute or use petroleum at all.

Education Edit

Education is the Kalduroyan government's largest expenditure, but free education for all is worth the cost; Kalduroyar has a well-educated population, and the Human Development Index (HDI) of the country is among one of the world's highest.

Indeed, the majority of the population works in low payed jobs like in the fishing industry or in public service, but the tourist industry grows extremely fast because of the Kalduroyan people's friendlyness and education: As tourist you can speak English with every person you meet, no matter of age; mandatory lessons in English from second grade was introduced in Kalduroyan schools in 1917. Indeed, people's knowlegde of English can vary, but all Kalduroyans know enough English to help you out.

At university and college level, you have to pay for your education yourself, but the education isn't that expensive in Kalduroyar, and there are several ways the government or banks can give you loans with tolerable deduction, and stable interests.

Administrative Divisions Edit

Each island is its own administrative division, which is called a sýsla (plural; sýslar, can be translated to county). The counties are also divided into additional administrative units called kommunar (which can be translated to municipalities). Vindioy, Gøtu and Lítla Dimun were unified into one single county in 1992; Vindioyar. The smallest municipality is Brattbøur kommuna in Fjørðoy sýsla.

These are the administrative divisions of Kalduroyar:

Language Edit

The Kalduroyans speak a dialect of the Faroese language, although they use a different pronunciation. The pronunciation is a bit complexe, and here is a short guide to correct Faroese pronunciation. A tourist in Kalduroyar should have no trouble communicating, as most Kalduroyans know standard English.

The letter ð (capital; Ð), called eth, is very common, but isn't pronounced at all when it's last in a word or after a consonant. Eth must not be confused with the normal D/d. In Windows, eth can be typed like this: Alt + 0240 (at the numeric keyboard).

Basic phrases Edit

Some basic phrases:

Góðan dag — Good day
Farvæl — Goodbye
Ja — Yes
Nei — No
Eg eiti [Jón] — My name is [John]
Eg eri uppvaksin í [Stóra Bretland] — I grew up in [Great Britain]
Orsaka meg — Excuse me

Name of countries Edit

To say where you are from, it's useful to know what your native country's name is in Faroese:

Great Britain — Stóra Bretland
Germany — Týskland
United States (of America) — Sameindu Statirnir (í­ Amerika)
France — Frakland
Japan — Japan
China — Kina
Norway — Noreg
Denmark — Danmark
Sweden — Svørí­ki
Faroe Islands — Føroyar

Other COFR-nations:

Coulla — Kulla [ kʊulla ]
Hiigaria — Hígaria [ hɔʏgɛɹiɛ ]
Orisandt — Órisanðt [ ɔoɹisant ]
Hesland — Hessland [ hesslɛnd ]
Auburn Valley — Auburndalur [ aubøɹndɛloɹ ]
New California — Nýkalifornia [ nɔʏkɛlifornia ]

Names Edit

Some first names are also translated (when they have a local equivalent), but that is optional:

John — Jón
George — Jógvan
Jacob — Jákup
Peter — Petur, Pætur
David — Dávid
Daniel — Dánial
Eric(k) — Eirí­kur
Ann(a/e) — Anna
Mary — Maria, Mari
Susan — Súsanna
Christine — Kristina
Elizabeth — Elsebeth, Elisabeth