Quick Facts

  • Withdrew from Denmark in 1985 over a dispute regarding strict fishing quotas
  • Location: Northern North America, island between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Area: 2,166,086 sq km
  • Population: 57,714
  • Capital: Nuuk 15,000
  • Climate: arctic to subarctic
  • Terrain: Flat to gradually sloping ice cap all but a mountainous, narrow coast
  • Nationality: Greenlandic
  • Ethnic Groups: Inuit 89%, Danish and other 11%
  • Language: Greenlandic, Danish, English
  • Religions: Evangelical Lutheran, Traditional Inuit beliefs
  • Literacy: 100%
  • Economy: Critically dependent on exports of fish and shrimp. The public sector dominates the economy. Economy remains very sensitive to foreign developments.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Greenland’s government is a parliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy
  • Chief of State: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond

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