After witnessing Iceland gain independence from Denmark at the tail-end of the war, many Faroe Islanders wanted the same. With that in mind, the country held a referendum in 1946. The result was an almost even split, though it was slightly in favour of those wanting to end Danish rule. As a result, the Faroe Islands declared themselves independent in September of 1946, a decision quickly overruled by the Danes.
Despite the setback, the independence movement within the Faroe Islands continued to grow. As a result, in March 1948 the Danish finally granted home-rule, giving the archipelago some autonomy. Using this power, in 1973 the Faroese chose not to join the E.U., then known as the European Economic Community, even though Denmark had joined.