The Shetland Diaspora is extremely widespread. Shetlanders have gone to live all over the world, and not just to English speaking countries. In medieval times, many Shetlanders would have moved to Continental Europe and other Nordic countries. In later times, many would have gone to various parts of the British Empire, and were involved in sheep farming etc in South America. Elsewhere the United States has exerted a considerable pull.
Due to the small number of Shetlanders, there have been very few places with a significant Shetland community.
The italicised areas represent very old areas of settlement by Shetlanders, so there may not necessarily be a recent connection.
- Christmas Island
- Cocos Islands
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Georgia (whaling stations, no permanent inhabitants anymore.)
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
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