Porkeri [ pɔɻtʃ ʰ ɹɪ ] ( Danish name: Porkere ) is a place of the Faroe Islands on the southernmost island Suðuroy and is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Faroe Islands.

The municipality Porkeri is identical with the place. The place Porkeri lies at the entrance of the fjord Vágsfjørður on the north shore. The settlement history Porkeris goes back to at least the 13th century.

Today the wooden church dates from 1847. 1888 was followed by the school, which houses since the construction of the school in 1984 as a museum.

West of the city lies Porkeri Vágur in the immediate neighborhood.

Origin of the name


The first written mention Porkeris can be found in the so -called " Hundabræv " of the " Kongsbók " ( Book of Kings ) of 1350, where a local dog owner is mentioned. It is believed that there were only a few stone houses with grass roof to the modern age in the area. Unique to the Faroe Islands that in Porkeri two stone houses are from the 16th century. Besides the two is a third of the 19th century, which is currently being restored. If all three houses are restored, they will constitute an attraction for the Faroe Islands.

1801 lived in the village of 95 residents in 16 houses. In 1950, the town had 461 inhabitants and 2002 there were 400 inhabitants in Porkeri. Today's Porkeri consists mainly of houses that have arisen during the period of about 1890 to today. Especially in the 1980s, many new houses were built around the old town center.

Most families lived from the proceeds of the sea, especially on fishing with rowing boats, the bird -catcher, pilot whales and the Torftransport. The Torfboote were often overloaded. Still crashed in 1952 an overloaded Torfboot in calm sea. All four men on board drowned. Many fishermen and sailors from Porkeri have remained in the course of time at sea. Above the village is a memorial to them.

Porkeri was known to his men drove for about 1880 schooners and trawlers to fish trip to Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland. Either they went on their vessels or as fishermen and tax on foreign men. This brought such good returns that many were able to build your own house. You can still see the uniformly built " Skipper houses", which are in a long line from the port to the town center. All were built in 1900-1935. The houses are painted differently, creating a picturesque image.

Porkeri today

Today's Porkeri is partially still a seafaring town. Many descendants of the fishermen, navigators and skippers still have the same problems, but now. In modern fishing and merchant fleet Part of today's population earns its living from cod fishing and processing of cod and salmon fjord.

The village was one of the best places for cereal crops. Until the 1950s most families had a cow. Since the Faroe Islands in Torshavn had now get a dairy, was one of the indoor housing and held since the 1960s, only sheep, mainly for their own needs.


In August is a very special atmosphere in the place. All are busy with the hay in the inner cord, from herding dog to " Omma " ( grandma ) and " Abbi " ( Grandpa ).

The Church of Porkeri was built in 1847 in traditional Faroese style. The interior is also worth seeing. If the church door is finished, just head to the merchant or to passers-by.

The first school in the village was built in 1888. Before the children were privately tutored. From 1897 to 1903 was in the school building, a school of navigation with evening classes. The schoolmaster Danjal Ungagarði taught both the school children and to the budding helmsmen. 2004, the school was restored, and its interior was again the appearance of 1900. All rooms except the old school room be used as a local museum.

The new school, which was built in 1984, is built in a modern Faroese style with a grass roof. After the completion of the 7th grade students from Porkeri must visit the Fólkaskúli ( elementary school ) in Vágur. In Vágur is also the high school for Suðuroy.

Porkeri has, according to its inhabitants, a few shops. , Such as a bakery with superb cakes like in the "good old days", a supermarket with groceries, household appliances and manufactured goods. Also recommended is a visit to the local gentlemen 's and ladies' hairdresser, if you are looking for a quality haircut or another hair styling at reasonable prices, where you can enjoy an impressive view.