List of political parties on the Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands have a multi-party system, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.

There are two major ideological cleavages in Faroese politics. In addition to the left-right spectrum, parties are also divided between those that want to maintain the Faroes' place within the Danish Realm ('unionists') and those that want Faroese independence ('separatists').

The current government is formed by a coalition between the two major centre-right parties, the Union Party and the People's Party, and the small, centrist Centre Party and Self-Government Party.

Political parties with elected representation at a national level

There are currently seven parties represented in the Løgting. The two largest parties – each with eight seats – represent centre-right unionism and centre-right separatism, while the next two – each with six seats – represent centre-left unionism and left-wing separatism. There are also three minor parties in the Løgting.

Party MPs Ideology Leader Notes
Union Party
7 1 Centre-rightconservative liberal and Nordic agrarian. In favour of union with Denmark. Bárður Nielsen Also rendered as the Unionist Party
People's Party
8 0 Centre-rightliberal conservative. In favour of Faroese independence. Jørgen Niclasen
Social Democratic Party
7 1 Centre-leftsocial democratic. In favour of union with Denmark. Aksel V. Johannesen Also rendered as the Equality Party
6 0 Left-wingdemocratic socialist. In favour of Faroese independence. Høgni Hoydal Also rendered as the Party for People's Government
2 0 Centre-rightclassical liberal. In favour of Faroese independence. Poul Michelsen
Centre Party
2 0 CentreChristian democratic and agrarian. In favour of Faroese independence. Jenis av Rana
Self-Government Party
1 0 Centresocial liberal. In favour of gradual Faroese independence. Kári P. Højgaard Also rendered as the Home Rule Party or Independence Party
Schematic depiction of the political party spectrum in the Faroe Islands

Defunct parties

See also

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