|Official languages||Greenlandic, Danish|
|Prime Minister||Kim Kielsen|
- % water
|Ranked 13th |
- 2005 est.
|Ranked 210th |
|Political Status||Autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark. Home rule was established in 1979.|
|Time zone||UTC 0 to -4|
|National anthem||Nunarput utoqqarsuanngoravit|
Greenland is a semi-autonomous territory of the kingdom of Denmark. It is a large Arctic island. It has a population of only 50,000 residents, because of its cold climate. Most of the civilian population lives in the southern part of the island, on the coasts. The capital of Greenland is Nuuk. Greenland is the world's largest island that is not a continent. The island is the least densely populated country in the world, with a density of 0.026 people per square kilometer. (Antarctica and uninhabited islands are not counted because they are not independent countries.)
Greenland is a Danish-occupied territory of Denmark, but Greenland is not a member of the European Union. It is part of the North American continent, and Greenland is the largest island in the world, excluding Australia and Antarctica, which are continents. The prime minister of Greenland is Kim Kielsen.
The island is populated mostly by Inuit and Scandinavians who speak Greenlandic, an Eskimo-Aleut language. Danish is also spoken by most people. The national anthem of Greenland is Nunarput utoqqarsuanngoravit.
Until 2009, there were 20 communes in Greenland. Unless stated otherwise, they are in the district Kitaa:
- Ammassalik (District Tunu)
- Ittoqqortoormiit (District Tunu)
- Qaanaaq (District Avannaa).
This changed on January 1st, 2009, when these were merged into four large communes:
- Kommune Kujalleq (7.755 inhabitants)
- Qaasuitsup Kommunia (17.867)
- Qeqqata Kommunia (9.627) und
- Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq (20.998).
In addition, some parts of Greenland are outside a commune, namely:
As of January 1st, 2008, 218 people lived there.
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