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The Faroes have more sheep than people.

Jess McHugh
November 03, 2017

After the Faroe Islands' citizens launched a grassroots campaign that involved mounting cameras on sheep, Google Maps will finally be adding the North Atlantic archipelago to Street View.

The 18 islands, an independent nation under Denmark situated between Iceland and Norway, is one of the most remote places in Europe. The islands have more sheep than people — about 70,000 sheep compared to 50,000 residents.

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The geographic remoteness had kept the Faroes from being included on Google Maps Street View, so in 2016 local activist Durita Andreassen set out to change that, by petitioning the tech giant to add the islands to their program.

To build up support for her campaign, she strapped 360-degree cameras to sheep, in a project called “Sheep View 360.”

Now the dream of the Faroese has come true. Google lent residents their 360-degree cameras to document the islands, and users of Google Maps can finally explore the Faroe Islands virtually — and maybe even be inspired to make the visit.

“There’s a lot of world out there, so sometimes we need a little of help to hoof the distance,” said David Castro González de Vega, Google Maps program manager. “Now thanks to Dorita and her trusty sheep, you can explore the Faroe Islands in Google Maps. It goes to show — if there’s a wool there’s a way.”

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