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Kalaallit Nunaat (the Inuit name for the island) is not an independent state but a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark. Greenland shares maritime borders with Canada, Iceland, and Norway.
Greenland has a quite small population, just about 56,100 (in 2016) people live on an area of 2,166,086 km²; this makes the island the least densely populated place on earth, apart from the Antarctic. The 12th largest geographic entity in the world is almost four times the size of France, or slightly more than three times the size of the U.S. state of Texas.
Greenland - Kalaallit Nunaat
In the 18th century Danes began to colonize the island and in 1953 Greenland was made an integral part of Denmark.
In 1978 the Danish parliament granted Greenland self-government and in the following year the law went into effect.
Denmark continues to exercise control of Greenland's foreign affairs, but Greenland actively participates in international agreements relating to Greenland.
In 1973 Greenland joined the European Union with Denmark but withdrew in 1985 over a dispute over stringent fishing quotas.
Greenland is a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark with a multi-party system. Head of state is the monarch of Denmark, represented by a High Commissioner. Head of government is the Prime Minister (Premier), elected by Parliament. The Parliament of Greenland is the country's legislative branch.
Official Sites of GreenlandNote: External links will open in a new browser window.
Greenland Home Rule Government - Naalakkersuisut
Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, governed by the Home Rule administration.
High Commissioner of Greenland
The High Commissioner is the chief representative of the Danish Government in Greenland.
Statistics Greenland Information Service.
Map of Greenland
A map of Greenland.
Google Earth Greenland
Searchable map and satellite view of Greenland.
Google Earth Nuuk
Searchable map and satellite view of Greenland's capital.
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The Arctic Journal
Kamikposten - Nyheder
Greenland news (in Dansk).
One of two national newspapers in Greenland (in Dansk).
Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa - KNR
Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation.
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Arts & Culture
The Danish artist (1897-1977) is best known for his paintings of the people and nature of Greenland. Named "Qaalipaarsorsuaq" ("The Great Painter") by the people.
The Santa Claus of Greenland.
Culture & Spirit
Culture Greenland, a portal to Greenland's culture.
Culturel Center of Greenland.
Museums in Greenland
A guide to Greenland's museums.
National Library of Greenland
Nuuk Art Museum
Nuuk's Art Museum is housed in a former Adventist church, it showcases a notable collection of historic and modern art.
Greenland National Museum & Archives
Preserves the Greenland cultural heritage.
Silamiut (site offline)
Greenland's Theatre, Silamiut is a Greenlandic theater troupe based in Nuuk .
Inuit crafts - Tupilak means 'soul of the ancestor’ and is a carved figure that protects its owner against enemy attack, but is now a popular souvenir.
Arctic Circle Race
The cross-country skiing race takes place around Sisimiut on Greenland's west coast approx. 65 km north of the Arctic Circle.
Polar Circle Marathon
A unique arctic race, the coolest marathon on earth.
© Lars Reimers - greenland.com
© Steen Karup - greenland.com
Business & EconomyThe economy of Greenland can be characterized as small, mixed and vulnerable. Greenland is dependent on exports of fish and on support from the Danish Government. In 2013 almost 47% of Greenland's export came from cold water shrimp, 26% from halibut and 15% from other fish.
The national airline of Greenland, changed its name from "Grønlandsfly" to air greenland.
Arctic Umiaq Line A/S
Royal Arctic Line
Greenland's national shipping line.
Products of Greenland
The world's largest producer of cold water prawns also specialized in fishing and processing quality seafood.
© Photo: Karsten Bidstrup - greenland.com
Image: Filip Gielda
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Greenland - Travel and Tour Guides
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, skiing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, cruising, tours and much more.
Country and travel guide by Greenland Tourism, the national tourist board.
Greenland basic facts
Geography, geology, language, history etc.
Welcome to the last white spot on Earth, the official guide to Greenland. The travel information is provided by the national tourist board.
Nuuk (Godthab, Godthåb)
The municipality of Nuuk, capital of Greenland.
The tourist office in Nuuk.
Portrait of Greenland from Of Two Lands on Vimeo.
© Photo: K. Bidstrup - greenland.com
© Photo: K. Bidstrup - greenland.com
The University of Greenland.
Displays the work of the institute. (in Dansk and Greenlandic)
Image: Mads Pihl
Environment & Nature
An Arctic Research Institution in Greenland.
Danish Polar Center
The Danish Polar Center was a knowledge and service center for scientists and institutions that deal with polar research and arctic matters. The government agency was closed in 2009.
Greenland Environmental Observatory
GEOSummit is a year-round Arctic sampling station funded by the National Science Foundation.
Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2
3053.44 meters of ice drilling.
Mega-Canyon Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet
Hidden for all of human history, a 460 mile long canyon has been discovered below Greenland's ice sheet. Using radar data from NASA's Operation IceBridge.
The Peregrine Fund - Greenland--Conservation Projects
Conserve and understand Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon populations and their environments in Greenland and other arctic areas.
Image: Dave Stanley
© Photo: Filippo Barbanera - greenland.com
Culture and History in Greenland
from the Greenland Guide.
The Fate of Greenland's Vikings
Article on permafrost archaeology by Dale Mackenzie Brown.
The norse settlers in Greenland - A short history
The Norse History of Greenland 982-1500.
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