Sunday, August 16, 2015
Mail Boats of Faroe Islands 10.2.1992
Posta is the postal service of the Faroe Islands and was founded on 1 April 1976 under the Home Rule of the Faroe Islands. On 16 December 2005, it became a public joint stock company under the name P/F Postverk Føroya (retroactive from 1 January 2005).
The postage stamps and postal history of the Faroe Islands began in the 1860s with a message exchange system called Skjúts, which was before a regular boat service was established between the islands. Postage is now under the control of Postverk Føroya, the Postage Stamp Department of which has taken over all the work relating to Faroese postage stamps.
The Faroese name Postverk Føroya uses the genitive form of the country's name Føroyar (Faroes), thusFøroya without the final r. The name means literally "Postal works of the Faroes", while the word for post or mail is postur. In 2010 Postverk Føroya changed name to Posta. A ram's horn was chosen as the institution's logo.