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Norðragøta
—  Municipality and village  —
Norðragøta is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Norðragøta
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°12′3″N 6°44′27″W / 62.20083°N 6.74083°W / 62.20083; -6.74083
Country  Denmark
Autonomous province  Faroe Islands
Island Eysturoy
Population (2006)
 - Total 548
Time zone GMT
 - Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)

Norðragøta is a village on Eysturoy, Faroe Islands.

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Information and history

The famous Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir posing in national costume in front of the museum Blásastova in Gøta.

Norðragøta is also just referred to as Gøta. The municipality Gøta (Gøtu kommuna) consists also of the villages Gøtueiði, Gøtugjógv and Syðrugøta. The village lies on Eysturoy's east coast at the bottom of the inlet Gøtuvík. There is a museum called Gøtu Fornminnisavn with the famous house Blásastova. The wooden church in the centre of the village is from 1833.

Gøta is a place of great importance in the history of the Faroe Islands. One of the key figures in the Icelandic saga, Færeyingasaga, called Tróndur Gøtuskegg lived here. Trondur (also called Tróndur í Gøtu) was a heathen Viking-chief who ruled all of the islands for a period of time. In the saga Tróndur is represented as the "bad guy" while the "good guy" is Sigmundur Brestisson. Sigmundur Christianised the Faroe Islands for the King of Norway.

Faroese stamps showing Norðragøta

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Old houses in Norðragøta

Issued on 5 October 1992, the artist was Jákup Pauli Gregoriussen.

Church of Gøta

The new church of Gøta, issued: 23 September 2002. These were also the Christmas stamps for that year.

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