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
Five communities from Shetland, Orkney, Skye and Sutherland were in the spotlight at an international community development conference this week.
A pharmaceutical consultancy business based in Shetland has completed its transition to become Scotland’s latest employee-owned business.
An extended online portal that helps small to medium enterprises in the Highlands and Islands find new business opportunities from large contracts, will be launched on Thursday (4 April).
Food and drink producers in Shetland got a taste of France at last weekend’s Taste of Shetland festival held over 5-7 October.
Scotland’s supply chain could be set to win more large scale decommissioning projects, after Dales Voe in Shetland was identified as the optimal location for an ultra-deep water port.
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.