1946 Faroese independence referendum

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The 1946 Faroese independence referendum was a referendum held in order to determine the future of the Faroe Islands. It was held on 14 September 1946, in response to a growing independence movement.

The results of the referendum were slightly confusing, with 48.7% supporting complete independence from Denmark, 47.1% in favor of the present arrangement, and the rest simply writing "no". On September 18, the Faroese Løgting (parliament) declared independence, but on 20 September this act was annulled by the Danes and on the 24th King Christian X dissolved the Løgting.

After new elections were held and further negotiations were made, Denmark finally granted the Faroese more autonomy with the 1948 Home Rule Act.


  • Wylie, Jonathan. The Faroe Islands: Interpretations of History. University Press of Kentucky, 1987.

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