Faroese is a language spoken by about 73,000 people in the world. Most of the people who speak the language live in the Faroe Islands. It is an Indo-European language directly descended from the Old West Norse language, with Icelandic being its closest relative. Like many languages that are spoken by a minority people in the world, Faroese was abolished--by the Danes after the Reformation in 1536. The Danes banned its use in schools, churches, and official documents.
The Faroe Islands are wreathed in mystery; it is unknown when the Faroese people came to the islands. There is a great deal of speculation that some of the people came to the islands due to persecution from Norway and Denmark. Others speculate that they are of Celtic decent and moved due to proximity. According to scientific evidence that traced the Faroe Islanders' DNA, the Faroese are half Scandinavian and half Scots/Irish.