The Island Games

The Island Games is an international multi-sport tournament between teams from several European islands and other small territories. See also the similar Indian Ocean Island Games.

A total of twenty-seven islands have participated in the Island Games. The eleven islands which have participated in every Island Games since the first in 1985 are: Åland (Finland), Faroe Islands (Denmark), Frøya (Norway), Gotland (Sweden), Guernsey (UK), Isle of Man (UK), Isle of Wight (England), Jersey (UK), Orkney Islands (Scotland), Shetland Islands (Scotland), Ynys Môn (Wales)



The 2017 Island Games were held in Gotland, with around 3000 competitors from 23 competing islands competing in 14 sports. The 2019 Island Games took place in Gibraltar between 6 and 12 July 2019. It was the second time that the nation had hosted the games, the first was in 1995. Due to the lack of venues, the games did not include archery, football, or volleyball, which had been in all previous games since 1985. Instead, the program included the sports of tenpin bowling, judo, and squash.

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