Akrar is one of the villages in the Municipality of Sumba. It is located on the east side of Suðuroy on the south side of Lopransfjørður (the fjord of Lopra). Akrar can be seen from the villages Porkeri and Nes in Suðuroy. Akrar was established in 1818, when a man from Sumba settled there. Soon after others settled there as well.
A renowned poet from Akrar is Poul Johannes Midjord, born 1823 in Akrar and died in 1908. Poul Johannes married the daughter of the farmer from Nes "Nesbondin" without the parents knowledge. He later wrote a ballad, in which he made fun of his father in law. It was called Nesbóndatátturin. It was tradition then to write songs in which the poet made fun of a person. This tradition still takes place, although in a different way.
Another known person from Akrar is Jacob Vestergaard, a politician who belongs to the Liberal Party named Fólkaflokkurin. Jacob Vestergaard was mayor in the Municipality of Sumba 1993-2003, Minister of Fisheries in 2003, Minister of The Interior 2006-20007 and Minister of Fisheries from 2008-?. See photo on this page.
The population in Akrar was 28 on the 1st of November 2008.
Photos: The photos of Akrar: Erik Christensen, Porkeri. The photo of Jacob Vestergaard is from the Prime Ministers Office's website www.tinganes.fo