Shetland lies at Europe's north-western frontier, over 200 miles north of Aberdeen and nearly 1,000 miles from Brussels. It comprises more than 100 islands, 16 of which are inhabited.
The islands population is 23,167 with more than a third living in the capital, Lerwick. With its vibrant culture, stunning seascapes and abundant wildlife, Shetland has a strong identity which owes much to its historic links with Northern Europe.
The Norse influence is also noticeable in the Shetland dialect and on place names and in January, Vikings roam the streets of Lerwick at the annual, and the worlds biggest, fire festival, Up Helly Aa. However, economically, administratively and politically, Shetland is part of Scotland and the United Kingdom.Show more
Nowhere in Shetland is more than three miles from the coast and many aspects of life are strongly influenced by the sea. Travellers have been visiting these lands since Neolithic times and evidence of Shetland's past is everywhere to be seen.
The Shetland economy was traditionally reliant on fisheries and agriculture and although these are still important, aquaculture and the oil industry are now the largest sectors. The public sector is also a major employer. Other sectors such as tourism and food and drink are helping boost employment across the islands.
Exciting projects such as the £12 million Mareel Creative Industries Centre in Lerwick, community-led projects such as those in Fetlar which are boosting the local population by over 40% and proposed wind and wave renewable energy projects are all examples of how Shetland is booming.Show less
Plans to have power 24 hours a day on Fair Isle are one step closer with the completion of the funding package.
A Shetland wool company which started five generations ago is set to increase international sales and create new jobs.
Professor Lorne Crerar has been reappointed Chair of the Board of HIE until February 2020.
Dales Voe in Shetland is to be used for the decommissioning of the Buchan Alpha, a semi-submersible moored floating production vessel (originally a drilling rig).
Representatives from Shetland businesses recently graduated from two programmes which aim to transform their businesses.
Laurence Odie Knitwear Ltd, a manufacturing business based in Sandwick, is increasing its workforce and investing in new machinery with support from HIE.
A hub for the growth and development of the creative industries sector in Shetland.