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The first Faroese
post office was started in 1870 and right until 1976, the Faroese postal system
was under the control of the Danish postal network. Basically, the post offices
in the Faroe Islands were organized in such a way that the bigger ones were
meant for letter collection and the smaller ones were for postal exchange.
Problems of being
under control by a bigger brother was inherent. Transport links between Denmark
and the Faroe Islands were often disrupted by icy cold winters and this resulted
in insufficient stamps reaching the nation. Worse still, the Faroese postal
service had to conform to the requirements of the Danish postal system, i.e. in
terms of postal rates.
Stamps of The
Faröes are so popular that they make a significant contribution to the state's
export revenue, right to this very day.
Can you imagine if
the Mint ran dry of 50-cent coins and one-dollar bills torn into halves were
used in place of them? In the Faröes, it was ruled that they had to follow the
Danish postal system strictly, especially the postal rates. Whenever
postal rates changed, new stamps of new denominations had to be shipped in from
Denmark. Yet ships plying the Denmark-Faroes route met inevitable delays and the
Faröese people had to use "bisected" stamps instead.
from Denmark or Iceland to the Faroes could only be received by ship in the
past. Now the seamail service is improved by faster, bigger ships and is also
complemented by scheduled airmail services too.
It is said that the Faroese mail service's efficiency is on par with most Nordic
and European countries. Mail for addresses within the central region can be
sorted and distributed immediately upon arrival.
Islands have a three-digit postal code with codes for each particular district.
On an envelope, it is to be written with a prefix FO , like in this format:
"FO-620 Runav, The Faroe Islands".