Røður 2020 Jenis av Rana

UNESCO-fundur um avleiðingarnar av Covid-19 - 22. apríl 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen

Amid this serious situation, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, arts and culture seem to flourish. Around the world - and in the Faroe Islands – artists and cultural institutions have organized online concerts, singalongs, performances and readings that have filled our homes. Many who feel anxious or lonely, elderly who are unable to receive visitors or see their loved ones, have found solace and community in live performances, singalongs or in books.

I can mention that our National Library has a self-service where you can pick up books that - of course - have stayed the required time in quarantine.

During this difficult time, artists and cultural institutions have proven their value and gained a special place in many of our lives. This will, I am convinced, be reflected in increased awareness and goodwill at the political level.

Artists are self-employed or work in small businesses, and cultural institutions are organized in a wide variety of ways. That calls for a variety of arrangements, designed to mitigate the consequences of the health crisis.

The Faroese government has taken several steps to help businesses and employees get through the current crisis and in the weeks and months to come we will consider and improve our actions to meet the specific needs of the arts and cultural sectors as they emerge.

There is no one-size fits all solution, but as we attempt to move forward, cooperation on a national, regional and international level is crucial. We can all learn from each other.
Our meeting today underpins the importance of keeping in mind the role of culture and the arts as we continue to design policies that tackle the situation. We cannot afford to not act.

Finally, I would like to inform you that the Faroese government, as an important step in making the Faroese language accessible to all, has decided to give full support to an initiative to get the Faroese language, which is one of the smallest in the world, included in Google Translate.

Thank you.