The country that is closing for maintenance this weekend

Staff writer

While we are all used to businesses closing for the weekend, a whole country shutting up shop is another thing.

This weekend the Faroe Islands have announced they are "closed for maintenance".

Prime Minister Aksel V. Johannesen has declared all tourist sites off limits while work takes place to conserve them.

But volunteers from abroad who are willing to lend a hand are welcome and will even be given free food and accommodation.

Projects will include creating walking paths in well-trodden areas, constructing viewpoints that help preserve nature and birdlife sanctuaries and erecting signs that help with wayfinding.

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