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Type: Paperbook
Authors: Hans Jacob Debes
Categories: History
Origin country: Faroe Islands
Making up: Sonja Kjølbro
ISBN: 978-99972-1-209-2
Pages: 220

Jóannes Patursson

Hans Jacob Debes
Few are those, who single-handedly have managed to influence their country and contemporary times as much as Jóannes, the farmer, Patursson from Kirkjubøur did. Unless you know Patursson, there will be great chunks of recent Faroese history that you will never understand.

This book is an attempt at introducing younger generations to the person and personality of Jóannes Patursson.

Emphasis is placed on the political aspect of Jóannes, the farmer’s life – the opening of a political biography. But there were many other aspects to his life, which have formed his legacy in Faroese history.

With any luck, this book will provide a closer look at the man, who, perhaps more than any other, shaped and exemplified all those years, which constitute the long life he was granted.

No societal matter that occurred in the Faroe Islands during his time on earth – which was just short of a century – is self-evident without him.


This is the edited edition of the 1991 publication.

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About the author Hans Jacob Debes

Debes was born in Gjógv and held a degree (cand. mag.) in history and English. He taught at a local gymnasium from 1970 to 1985. In 1984 he successfully defended a Dr. Phil. dissertation, “Nú er tann stundin…” (“This is the time…”), at the University of Iceland. He was appointed professor in general and Faroese history at the University of the Faroe Islands in 1989.

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