The Faroe Islands belong to Denmark, but since 1948 they have had their own Home Rule.
The Faroe Islands have their own parliament and their own flag. The Faroese flag "Merkið" was devised in 1919 by Jens Oliver Lisberg and others while they were studying in Copenhagen. The first time the 'Merkið' was raised in the Faroe Islands was on June 22 that year in Famjin on the occasion of a wedding. On 25 April 1940 the British occupation government approved the flag for use by Faroese vessels. April 25 is still celebrated as Flaggdagur.
The Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union.