Greenland is a very icy, mountainous Island north east of Canada and a land where the Atlantic joins the Arctic. Greenland is home to cold ocean currents which keep it cool while the Gulf stream warms it slightly. It's still pretty bloody cold though. Most of Greenland is covered in an ice sheet that is more than a mile thick at its deepest.

Greenland is a self governing territory of Denmark but is getting steadily more independent. [1] Erik the Red, a Viking, named the island Greenland, in order to attract settlers to the island. Greenland only has a population of about 57,000 [2], no larger than the population of a large town.

It is by far the world’s largest island (If you don't count Australia which is considered a Continent), and its capital is Nuuk.

A large proportion of its population are Inuit. [3]

Ice sheet

The Greenland ice-sheet holds most of the Earth's freshwater that isn't frozen in Antarctica, it and the West Antarctic ice-sheet are highly vulnerable to Global warming though Antarctica is also vulnerable. If Greenland melts, the seas will rise by seven metres and important coastal areas will be submerged. Major cities like London and New York are at risk.

Not for Sale!

In August 2019 President Trump said he wanted to buy Greenland. The Danish Prime Minister described this as absurd. Trump got peeved and cancelled a state visit to Denmark. [4]

In the News August 19, 2019. Greenland has confirmed it's not for sale. We're still laughing at President Trump. The Inuit people of Greenland are frightened due to the way the USA has treated them in the past. [5]

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