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The Faroese People's Party - Radical Self-Government
Hin føroyski fólkaflokkurin - radikalt sjálvstýri
Leader Jørgen Niclasen
Founded 1939
Ideology Liberal conservatism,
Faroese Independence,
Faroese nationalism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation International Democratic Union
European affiliation None
Official colours Black, Orange
Website
http://www.folkaflokkurin.fo/
Faroe Islands

This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
the Faroe Islands


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The Faroese People's Party - Radical Self-Government (Faroese: Hin føroyski fólkaflokkurin - radikalt sjálvstýri) is a conservative political party in the Faroe Islands, led by Jørgen Niclasen. The party is affiliated to the International Democratic Union. At the legislative elections on the 19th of January, 2008, the party won 20.1% of the popular vote and seven out of 33 seats. The party traditionally supported greater autonomy for the Faroe Islands but in 1998 adopted a policy of full independence as part of a coalition deal with the Tjóðveldisflokkurin and Sjálvstýrisflokkurin. Since 2004, except for a short period in 2008, the party has however been part of the coalition government led by Jóannes Eidesgaard and later Kaj Leo Johannesen together with the Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin) and the Social Democratic Party (Javnaðarflokkurin), which want to maintain the existing political status quo between the Faroe Islands and Denmark.

When chairman Anfinn Kallsberg decided not to run for re-election, a new election was slated. There were two candidates, former minister of Fishery, Jørgen Niclasen, and current minister of Industry, Bjarni Djurholm. The election on 2 August 2007 gave Jørgen Niclasen the majority of the votes, making him the new party chairman.

In the Danish parliamentary elections of 2007 the party received 20.5% of the Faroese vote (down from the 24.1% it had won in 2005) and lost the seat it had previously held in the Danish national Folketing.

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