Faroe Islands

In the Faroe Islands, all types of insulin, devices and technologies for blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration are available for free for all children living with diabetes. Adults living with diabetes are required to contribute approximately €500 per year to the cost of their prescription medicines and devices before gaining access to them free of charge.

Diabetes education is provided at the time of diagnosis and throughout the life course for people living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) in specialist diabetes clinics. For people living with Type 2 diabetes (T2D), education is provided by general practitioners and diabetes nurses. However, diabetes nurses are not available at all primary care practices and people living with T2D do not always have access to education as recommended.

Diabetes specialist nurses are required to follow a special academic training and they play a role in diabetes prevention and management. They are, however, not able to prescribe medicines.

This country profile was developed with the help of the Faroese Diabetes Association (Diabetesfelagið)