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Greenland at a Glance

Location:Northern North America, island between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Canada
Climate:arctic to subarctic; cool summers, cold winters
Terrain:flat to gradually sloping icecap covers all but a narrow, mountainous, barren, rocky coast
Resources:coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, molybdenum, diamonds, gold, platinum, niobium, tantalite, uranium, fish, seals, whales, hydropower, possible oil and gas
Hazards:continuous permafrost over northern two-thirds of the island
Population:57,600 (July 2009 est.)




A Brief Profile of 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.






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