These 18 small Islands in the Atlantic were colonised by Vikings and their
descendants have lived there ever since. Everywhere the Vikings settled all
free men met annually to discuss matters of importance to them. In the Faroe
the Lagting (Parliament) met for the first time in AD 970. Except for the
time between 1816-1852 it has met annually ever since.
In the Faroe Islands, today's Lagting (Parliament) is a direct descendant
of the Viking institution and has kept its original name - Lagting.
When the Vikings gathered for their annual sessions they simultaneously held
a market where they bought goods they needed and sold those they had produced
during the winter. At the annual Lagting the Vikings also organised competitions