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Shetland Islands

BACKGROUND

Information: Shetland Islands, also called Shetland (and formerly Zetland), is a subarctic archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated in the Northern Atlantic, between Great Britain, the Faroe Islands, and Norway. It is the northernmost part of Scotland and of the wider United Kingdom.

Humans have lived in Shetland since the Mesolithic period. In early medieval times the islands were dominated by Scandinavian influences, especially from Norway. The islands became part of Scotland in the 15th century.

The local way of life reflects the Norse and Scottish heritage of the isles, including the Up Helly Aa fire festivals and a strong musical tradition, especially the traditional fiddle style.

The geology of Shetland is complex, with numerous faults and fold axes.

National Dance: Faroese Couple Dances

Location: Northern Europe

Language: Shetlandic (a Scots dialect)

Religion: Church of Scotland


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