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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.
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.
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".
Regular flights leave from Reykjavik (Iceland) to Nuuk. One popular excursion is to fly from Reykjavik to Nanortalik, 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.
The easiest way to get around Greenland is by plane, as there simply is not a road system.
The official Inuit 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.
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.
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".