Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands planned record-high
investments in new tunnel construction during the year. The
Lagtinget decided to build a road tunnel about 12 kilometers
below the sea between Streymoy and Suuroy for the
equivalent of close to SEK 1 billion. In addition, the
autonomous government negotiated with private contractors a
similar tunnel between the capital Tˇrshavn on Streymoy and
Eysturoy to reduce travel time by car from three quarters to
a few minutes.
Because of its fishing fleet, the Faroe Islands have
among the highest emissions of carbon dioxide per capita in
the world, but now the island is investing in renewable
energy. During the year it was announced that the Faroe
Islands are planning to be the first in the Nordic region in
2010 to produce wave energy.
A Faroese mandate became the tongue on the balance in the
Danish Parliament after the November election, when Edmund
Joensen of the bourgeois Sambandspartiet planned to join the
parliamentary group of Prime Minister Anders Fogh
Rasmussen's party Venstre. The second parliamentary mandate
from the Faroe Islands went to Republicans H°gni Hoydal.
In early December, the lawmaker (the head of government)
announced Joannes Eidesgaard's new election to the Faroese
Lagting in January 2008. Socialist Eidesgaard was forced
into the decision after losing the support of the
conservative coalition partner Sambandspartiet.