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Andras Mortensen is Associate Professor of History. He wrote his PhD on Faroese boat-building tradition at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya in 2001. He has a past since 1989 as a curator and later, since 2006, as director of the National Museum of the Faroes and Keeper of National Antiquities, and since 2011 as a director of Søvn Landsins, Faroese Cultural Heritage. He joined his current position in 2017.

Research interests

As part of his museum past, Andras' research interestes have been in the field of cultural heritage. Since his return to the university, his research interests have revovled around the sources of Faroese medieval history and how to interpret them in a Nordic context. His main field at the moment is legal and fiscal history in this context.


At the University of the Faroe Islands, Andras Mortensen is teaching at BA level in Faroese Medieval History and Modern world History, including supervision of student projects on those topics.

Professional Information

Since 2005, Andras Mortensen has been chair of Faroe University Press, run non profit by the Faroese Scientific Society and the University of the Faroe Islands. Head of education for history 2021-2024.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Hin føroyski róðrarbáturin

Award Date: 9 Mar 2001

Master, Cand. mag. (History and latin), University of Copenhagen


Award Date: 1 May 1989

External positions

Member of the Faroese National Commission for UNESCO


Director for Faroe Islands National Heritage. Archives, Library and Museums, Søvn Landsins


Member in the the Expert Group for the Modules Network Funding and Mobility Funding in the Nordic Culture Point (Kulturkontakt Nord)


Director of the national museum of the Faroe Islands, Keeper of national antiquities


Chairman for Fróðskapur sp/f, Faroe University Press

2005 → …

Assigned associated professor at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya


Chairman of the society of sciences of the Faroe Islands, Føroya Fróðskaparfelag


Chairman for Tórshavn town museum


Member of the editorial committee for writing the history of Tórshavn


Member of the Research Council of the Faroe Islands


Member of “NordRegios expertråd”, Stockholm


Scholarship recipient at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya


Scholarship recipient at Stavanger Sjøfartsmuseum


Part-time teacher at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya


Curator, Føroya Fornminnissavn


Curator at the Ethnological Department of Føroya Fornminnissavn


Research Fellow at Føroya Fornminnissavn



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