giovedì 10 aprile 2014

The salmon of the Faroe Islands

This is a very interesting journey that 90° EST is organising for a company that trades in high-quality salmon: 5 days to discover the Faroe Islands and the best salmon farms in Europe. Why this trip? Our client, through a trip that also includes visits to the local area, boating and walking excursions, wants to offer its buyers the opportunity to see the origin of their salmon, the breeding method used and its distinguishing character. Faroe Islands salmon is particularly valuable because it is raised directly in the untouched waters of the North Atlantic, the same ones that wild salmon swim on its migration to the north, which are not too cold, and naturally rich in nutrients. These waters, driven by highly intense streams, allow salmon to move about almost offshore, developing compact meat with a very low fat content. Faroese breeders follow low-density breeding systems that reduce the use of antibiotics or avoid them altogether. For this reason fish merchants refer to the Faroe Islands as "the salmon boutique". The archipelago of the Faroe Islands is made up of 18 major islands, almost all inhabited, characterised by very high cliffs that define a "primordial" landscape of rare beauty. The Faroese, 48 thousand people who descend from Viking settlers from Norway, speak a language very similar to the Viking tongue of twelve centuries ago. How have they kept this language over the centuries? Here is one of the most evocative reasons: through the singing of traditional dirges. For more than a thousand years, almost every night, families gathered in a circle and sang, holding hands, following a simple rhythm and a melody of just a few notes. The "text" told a saga. The dispersion of the inhabitants on the 18 islands meant that 70 thousand different versions of the story sung, containing all the words of the original language and all life experiences and everyday situations, including those from the previous Norwegian experiences. At each marriage, the collection of family texts that hosted the bride or groom acquired or retrieved words and situations preserved in the lyrics sung by the family of the new bride or groom. The process, repeated at every new ceremony, has allowed the preservation of the vocabulary and the expressive quality of the Faroese language to this very day. The Faroe Islands belong to the Kingdom of Denmark, but they are politically and administratively independent, except for matters concerning the Danish crown, foreign policy and defence. They have their own parliament and a coin, the Faroese crown, which exchanges in a fixed ratio of 1:1 with the Danish currency. Fishing, fish farming and tourism are important components in the economic landscape of the Faroe Islands.

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