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Yearbook 2007

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.

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