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Quick Facts
CapitalNuuk (Godthab)
Governmentparliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy
CurrencyDanish krone (DKK)
Areatotal: 2,166,086 sq km
land: 2,166,086 sq km (410,449 sq km ice-free, 1,755,637 sq km ice-covered) (est.)
Population56,376 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageGreenlandic (East Inuit), Danish, English
ReligionEvangelical Lutheran

The world's largest non-continental island, about 84% ice-capped, Greenland was granted self-government in 1978 by the Danish parliament. The law went into effect the following year. Denmark continues to exercise control of Greenland's foreign affairs.

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Greenland

Regions

Greenland

Cities

Don't be too concerned about the formidable names for the cities. Danish rule has meant that some cities have Danish names as well, although the Greenlandic ones are the official names.

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Other destinations

Greenland

Understand

Greenland represents some 97% of the area of the Kingdom of Denmark and is administered loosely by that country. The local Inuit (don't call them Eskimo, it's considered an insult and means "Eater of raw fish") have closer cultural ties to the inhabitants of northern Canada.

Be careful with maps of Greenland, as many Greenlandic names simply reference a particular geographical feature. Thus, a name like "Kangerlussuaq" is more common than you might otherwise expect, as it simply means "Big Fjord".

Greenland

Get in

Greenland

By plane

Regular flights leave from Reykjavik (Iceland) to Nuuk. One popular excursion is to fly from Reykjavik to NanortalikNanortalik, where traditional handicrafts are on sale, before returning to the comparative safety of Iceland. Scientific and technical personnel traveling from North America for research purposes typically fly into Kangerlussuaq aboard New York Air National Guard C-130s.

Greenland

By boat

There is no Ferry Service to Iceland or Canada

Greenland

Get around

The easiest way to get around Greenland is by plane, as there simply is not a road system.

Greenland

See

  • Icebergs and glaciers (especially the Ilulissat Icefjord)
  • Animal life - Whales, seals, walruses, musk oxen, reindeers and polar bears.
  • The Midnight sun
Greenland

Do

  • Driving dog-sledge
  • Hiking
  • Kayak
  • Mountain climbing
Greenland

Talk

The official Inuit phrasebookInuit dialect (Inuktitut) is actually that of the more populated eastern coast. The western dialect is slightly different. Both are highly challenging languages to learn, as words are very long and often feature "swallowed" consonants. Try uteqqipugut or Ittoqqortoormiit on for size.

The good news is that almost all Greenlanders are bilingual Danish speakers, and many will even have a functional command of English. Inuktitut words may come in handy for travellers wanting to experience the "real Greenland", though.

Greenland

Buy

  • Inuit art and crafts
Greenland

Eat

Greenland

Drink

Greenland

Sleep

Greenland

Learn

Greenland

Work

Greenland

Stay safe

Greenland

Stay healthy

During the northern summer, the days in Greenland are very long. Always make sure that you get as much sleep as you're used to, as sleep deprivation can lead to all manner of health problems.

During the summer, also watch out for the nordic mosquitos.

Greenland

Respect

As mentioned above, the word "Eskimo" is not one the Inuit use to refer to themselves and is in fact considered insulting, as it refers to the local equivalent of "cavemen".

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Contact

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