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5,000 march for LGBTI rights in the Faroe Islands

5,000 march for LGBTI rights in the Faroe Islands

Police in the Faroe Islands estimate that one-in-ten people in the country marched for LGBTI equality on Sunday at Faroe Pride.

The Faroe Islands are an autonomous country and a dependency of Denmark and it remains the only Nordic country other than Finland that does not allow same-sex couples to marry.

There are approximately 50,000 people living in the Faroe Islands and police say 5,000 of them were at the march in the capital Torshavn.

Recent polls have shown support for same-sex marriage among Faroe Islanders is as high as 68%.

However a bill that would have allowed civil marriages for same-sex couples in the Faroe Islands was defeated in march in a vote of 20 to 11.