Faroese language training

You can find available courses, educational programmes and self-learning resources if you need to improve your Faroese language skills. Read more about the possibilities for learning Faroese below.

Language courses for adult newcomers to the Faroe Islands
Faroese as a second language course for adult newcomers

Are you a beginner in the Faroese language? Or do you understand some Faroese and wish to improve your language skills? Or were you enrolled in the Faroese language courses and want to continue your studies? Regardless of what your needs are, or how long you have been in the Faroe Islands, you are welcome to sign up for the Faroese as a second language courses that will be starting in august 2024.

Sign up for Faroese as a Second Language

Faroese as a Second Language for adults (FSA) provides instruction in the Faroese language and knowledge about Faroese culture and society for adult newcomers who have another language than Faroese as their first language.

The courses will be offered during daytime and evenings:

  • Intensive day course. 2 to 4 days per week (8 to 12 hours/week)
  • Regular evening courses. 1 to 2 days per week (4 hours/week)

The courses take place in Tórshavn, Kambsdalur, Vágar and Suðuroy. Possibly also in other places depending on demand.

The courses are free of charge. Course material however is not included. 

Application deadline: 15. June 2024

Private company lessons

Some private employers organise extra Faroese language courses for their employees. You can ask your employer if this is available through your work.

Additional resources and self-studies
Faroese – A Language Course for Beginners

If you would like to learn Faroese at beginner level from home, you can purchase »Faroese - A Language Course for Beginners« by the publisher Stiðin. This is a bundle with texts, CD and grammar and is available in bookstores. The audio part of this bundle is also available on the internet and is free of charge. The instruction language is English.

Free online language course

Immigrants can also learn Faroese through a free online language course, which is the result of a partnership between the University of the Faroe Islands and the University of Iceland.

The website Faroese Online offers interactive visual and listening exercises based on themes relevant to everyday life in the Faroe Islands.

Free online dictionary Sprotin

The Faroese publisher Sprotin has developed the most popular free online dictionary in the Faroe Islands, which contains dictionaries between Faroese and multiple other languages, including Danish, English, German, Spanish and Chinese.

The Faroese dictionary contains pronunciation, conjugation and inflection forms of almost all nouns, verbs and personal names. Sprotin also contains a Faroese thesaurus (Samheitaorðabók) and a Faroese encyclopaedia (Alfrøði) with for example facts, pictures and sounds of mammals, fish and birds commonly found in the Faroe Islands.

Sprotin is available as a website and an app.

Learn Faroese with Lexin online encyclopedia

The Lexin online encyclopedia contains interactive pictures and audio material that can translate between Faroese and a number of other languages.

The LEXIN dictionaries are developed especially for minority-language pupils in primary, secondary and adult education. The dictionaries contain words and expressions that are useful to know when you live in the Faroe Islands.

In the dictionaries you will find information about the grammar, simple definitions and examples of common use. In addition, you can see how the word is inflected and pronounced. You can also listen to the contents of the dictionary in Faroese with speech synthesis.

Pictorial dictionary

You can download a pictorial dictionary developed by the Faroese schoolbook publisher Nám using the link below. Please note that the service is not available for IOS computers.

Integration Coordinator
Integration Coordinator

Fía Lindenskov
Tel. 27 10 38

Opening hours
Monday - Thursday9-16