British villages have war memorials. In the Faroes - an island group midway between Scotland and Iceland - the public memorials are even more elegiac. Several coastal villages (and all villages here are coastal) have statues as memorials to those fishermen lost at sea.
This is the memorial in the tiny village of Gjogv, just opposite the Lutheran church: a mother and her children wistfully looking out to sea for the father who will never return. You can see the entire village below, one of several which lie quite literally at the end of the road.
Fishing remains the mainstay of the Faroes, constituing 97% of the islands' tangible exports. The islands are part of Denmark but self-governing and outside the European Union, which means the fishing fleet - now highly mechanised - has much more substantial territorial waters.
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