Greenland is the world’s largest island, located in the Arctic Ocean between Canada and Iceland. About 84% of its surface is covered by ice. With a population of only 56,000, it is also the least densely populated country in Europe.
Here are ten fun facts about Greenland:
1. The capital city of Nuuk (meaning “cape”) has just 17,000 residents – making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world.
2. Despite its name, Greenland is actually home to more icebergs than any other place on Earth.
3. If all of Greenland’s ice melted, sea levels would rise by over 20 feet (6 meters).
4. There are no roads connecting Nuuk with any other town or village in Greenland – meaning that all travel between settlements must be done by plane or boat.
5. Reindeer are not native to Greenland but were introduced from Siberia in 1925 as a source of food for the Inuit people living there. Today, there are an estimated 30,000 reindeer on the island!
6. Hunting remains an important part of life for many Greenlanders – with whale meat being particularly popular (despite international protests against its consumption). Around 200 whales are killed each year for their meat and blubber.
7. Greenland is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark.
8. Greenland has a population of just over 56,000 people, most of whom are Inuit.
9. Greenland is the least densely populated country in the world.
10. Greenland is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to experience its incredible scenery and wildlife.