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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Greenland

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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. Denmark continues to exercise control of Greenland's foreign affairs in consultation with Greenland's Home Rule Government. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

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. press reports in early 2007 indicated that two international aluminum companies were considering building smelters in greenland to take advantage of local hydropower potential. tourism is the only sector offering any near-term potential, and even this is limited due to a short season and high costs. air greenland began summer-season direct flights to the us east coast in may 2007, potentially opening a major new tourism market.

Environmental Issues

Protection of the arctic environment; preservation of the inuit traditional way of life, including whaling and seal hunting

Government Type

Parliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy


57,564 (july 2008 est.)


Northern north america, island between the arctic ocean and the north atlantic ocean, northeast of canada


Total: 2,166,086 sq km land: 2,166,086 sq km (410,449 sq km ice-free, 1,755,637 sq km ice-covered) (2000 est.)

Slightly more than three times the size of texas

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: none conventional short form: greenland local long form: none local short form: kalaallit nunaat


Name: nuuk (godthab) geographic coordinates: 64 11 n, 51 45 w time difference: utc-3 (2 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last sunday in march; ends last sunday in october note: greenland is divided into four time zones

International Disputes

Managed dispute between canada and denmark over hans island in the kennedy channel between canada's ellesmere island and greenland

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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