The Human Truth Foundation

Greenland

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Greenland
StatusProto Dependency
SovereigntyDenmark
CapitalNuuk (Godthab)
Land Area 410 450km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesGL, GRL, 3042
Internet Domain.gl3
CurrencyKrone (DKK)4
Telephone+2995

1. Overview

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 and acquired greater responsibility for internal affairs when the Act on Greenland Self-Government was signed into law in June 2009. Denmark, however, continues to exercise control of Greenland's foreign affairs, security, and financial policy in consultation with Greenland's Home Rule Government.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book CoverStone Age traditions collide with modern technology to create a complex society where children eat whale blubber while watching satellite TV and hunters learn first-aid skills to qualify as guides. It´s said that once a traveller has seen the rest of the world, there´s always Greenland. But with climate change undoubtedly stirring things up in this part of the world, we don´t think you should wait that long. Nature, at its most raw and powerful, calls the shots here: the world´s biggest noncontinental island is actually more than 80% icecap, leading to the world´s sparsest population.

Few places combine such magnificent scenery, clarity of light and raw power of nature. Vast swaths of beautiful wilderness and very few roads, give adventurers the freedom to wander at will, whether on foot, by ski or dogsled.

However you travel, schedule a safety margin for unpredictable weather and leave ample time in each destination to unwind, soak up the midnight sun, watch icebergs explode, be dazzled by the magic of the aurora borealis or to try some world-beating but charmingly uncommercialised opportunities for sea kayaking, rock climbing and salmon fishing.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of Denmark I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Greenland's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#homosexuality

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)8
Pos.Higher is better
Score8
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
4Brazil81
5Spain79
6France78
7S. Africa78
8Uruguay77
9Norway72
10Denmark72
11Iceland72
12UK72
World Avg12.6
q=196.

3. Greenland's Modernity and Learning

#the_internet

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)9
Pos.Higher is better9
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
59Argentina69%
60Trinidad & Tobago69%
61Malaysia69%
62Greenland67%
63Portugal67%
64Brazil66%
65St Kitts & Nevis66%
66Dominica66%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)10
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio10
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
153San Marino0.0
154Cayman Islands0.0
155Andorra0.0
156Greenland0.0
157Brunei0.0
158Aruba0.0
159Bahrain0.0
160Palau0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

4. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below11:

Christian96.1%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.8%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated2.5%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Evangelical Lutheran, traditional Inuit spiritual beliefs12.

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There isn't much information in the database for Greenland, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.