Greenland: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About Greenland, information, history size, location, population, people, culture, and government.


Size--840,000 sq. mi. (2,175,600 sq. km.). Ice-free: 131,900 sq. mi. (341,700 sq. km.). Population--50,000.

The world's largest island (Australia is considered a continent, not an island), most of Greenland lies within the Arctic Circle off the extreme northeast coast of North America. The people of Greenland, most of whom are Eskimos, are ruled by the Danish Government. Nearly all of the administrators and businessmen are Danes, as are 80% of the teachers. Most Greenlanders survive much the same way as their Eskimo and Norse ancestors did: raising livestock, hunting and fishing. But more and more they are living in modern, multistory apartment houses, working in modern fish-processing plants, and watching cable TV or contributing to the province's rising alcoholism and birth rate.

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