You are now on the world’s biggest island. An island that is almost six times bigger than Japan and covered with approx. 85 per cent ice. This corresponds to the size of 38 million Tokyo Domes or three times the size of France. Due to these enormous amounts of ice, Greenland counts for more than seven per cent of all fresh water on earth.
Geographically, Greenland belongs to the North American continent, but geopolitically the country has historical ties to Scandinavia. Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, however with extensive autonomy with a Home Rule Act granted in 1979 and recently a Self-Governance Act in 2009. For more information on the Government of Greenland please visit: www.naalakkersuisut.gl.
With a population of app. 57.000 Greenland is one of the most thinly populated areas of the world. This means that for every km2 in Greenland, there is a population density of 0.03 persons. In Japan the population density is 337.2 persons per km2. The capital Nuuk has app. 16.000 inhabitants and is one of the smallest capitals in the world. Greenland is known for its extensive and beautiful nature and its fascinating wild life, which attract many tourists every year. The enormous regional differences foster adventures for small and big, young and old. East Greenland is famous for dramatic mountains and glaciers. South Greenland has milder temperatures and greener landscapes, while North Greenland offers enormous icebergs and the opportunity to dogsled in the cold, captivating landscape. For more information on tourism please visit: www.greenland.com.