GREENLAND

Information about travelling to Greenland

Greenland is located in Northern North America, island between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Canada

Facts about Greenland
Population57,564 (July 2008 est.)
CapitalNuuk (Godthab)
Time zoneUTC-3 (2 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begin
Location Northern North America, island between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Canada

General info about Greenland
Greenland, the world's largest island, is about 81% ice-capped. Vikings reached the island in the 10th century from Iceland; Danish colonization began in the 18th century, and Greenland was made an integral part of Denmark in 1953. It joined the European Community (now the EU) with Denmark in 1973, but withdrew in 1985 over a dispute centered on stringent fishing quotas. Greenland was granted self-government in 1979 by the Danish parliament; the law went into effect the following year. Greenland voted in favor of increased self-rule in November 2008, although Denmark continues to exercise control of Greenland's foreign affairs in consultation with Greenland's Home Rule Government.
Languages spoken
Greenlandic (East Inuit), Danish, English
Ethnic division
Greenlander 88% (Inuit and Greenland-born whites), Danish and others 12% (2000)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
NA
Climate
arctic to subarctic; cool summers, cold winters
Resources
coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, molybdenum, diamonds, gold, platinum, niobium, tantalite, uranium, fish, seals, whales, hydropower, possible oil and gas
Economy
The economy remains critically dependent on exports of fish and a substantial subsidy from the Danish Government, which supplies about half of government revenues. The public sector, including publicly-owned enterprises and the municipalities, plays the dominant role in the economy. Several interesting hydrocarbon and mineral exploration activities are ongoing and in 2007 a US firm signed an agreement with the Greenland Home Rule government to study the feasibility of building a multi-billion dollar aluminum smelter and hydropower plant.
Environment
protection of the arctic environment; preservation of the Inuit traditional way of life, including whaling and seal hunting

Cities in Greenland

aappilattoq     aasiaat     akunnaaq     alluitsup paa     ammassivik     arsuk     atammik     attu     igaliku     iginniarfik     ikamiut     ikerasaarsuk     ikerasak     ilimanaq     illoqqortoormiut     illorsuit     ilulissat     isortoq     itilleq     itterajivit     ivittuut     kangaamiut     kangaatsiaq     kangersuatsiaq     kapisillit     kullorsuaq     kulusuk     maarmorilik     maniitsoq     moriusaq     nanortalik     napasoq     narsaq     narsaq kujalleq     narsarsuaq     neriunaq     niaqornaarsuk     niaqornat     nuugaatsiaq     nuuk     paamiut     qaanaaq     qaarsut     qallimiut     qaqortoq     qasigiannguit     qassiarsuk     qassimiut     qeqertaq     qeqertarsuatsiaat     qeqertat     saarloq     saattut     saqqaq     sarfannguit     savissivik     sermiligaaq     siorapaluk     sisimiut     tasiilaq     tasiusaq     timerliit     tiniteqilaaq     ukkusissat     upernaviarsuk     upernavik     upernavik kujalleq    

National airlines
Air Greenlandairline website


Airports in Greenland
TasiilaqAGM
DundasDUN
NuukGOH
IlulissatJAV
QasigiannguitJCH
AasiaatJEG
PaamiutJFR
QeqertarsuaqJGO
SisimiutJHS
HeliportJJU
NanortalikJNN
HeliportJNS
QaarsutJQA
ArsukJRK
HeliportJSU
HeliportJUV
KulusukKUS
Alluitsup PaaLLU
QaanaaqNAQ
IttoqqortoormiitOBY
KangerlussuaqSFJ
St John IslandSJF
NarsarsuaqUAK
UummannaqUMD


Beer in Greenland (0.33l)
Ilulissat~ 1.9 EUR
Tasiilaq~ 5.7 EUR

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