Svalbard/Spitsbergen Country Information

Greenland & Norway

About Greenland

Geography

Greenland is the world’s biggest noncontinental island. It has dozens of beautiful small villages scattered along its coast and has the world’s sparsest population. Its capital is Nuuk, where approximately 1/4 of Greenlands 60,000 population reside.

Politics & Security

Greenland was a colony of Denmark until 1953 when it became a consituency of Denmark along with the Faroe Islands. In 1979 Greenland home rule was established and it has become increasingly independent since this time.

Language

The Greenlandic language is the main language in Greenland – this has an Eskimo-Aleutic origin. It is a bilingual country and the second language is Danish.

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