Talk:Greenland

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eskimoEdit

Actually, eskimo is a cree indian word for "eaters of raw flesh"

Incorrect. -- (WT-en) Colin 12:46, 9 Feb 2006 (EST)

SupermarketsEdit

Where should the general info on Supermarkets (see buy) go? It is nice info to know, but it would be terrible to write on each city page. Then again, it doesn't look nice on the country page either.

(WT-en) Clcow 14:37, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

The country page is a good place for it. Any general information that applies to places throughout the country should be on that page. - (WT-en) Todd VerBeek 21:26, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

Divition of GreenlandEdit

Tourist organisations and officials have different ways of dividing Greenland:

greenland.com[1]: East as usual. South stops between Iviituut and Paamiut. West stops above Sisimiut, and North is from the Disco bay and all the way to Thule.

greenland-guide.gl[2]: East and South as above, West stops above Sisimiut, North is Disco bay and uummannaq bay and then Qaanaaq is a region by itself.

Official divitions [3] (only in inuit and danish):

Old: 18 small spread over the country, one for each of the major cities.

New (from 2009): only 4: South: Stops 'before' Iviituut. West/East: the West coast from the border of region south to Nuuk. Middle: Only Sisimiut and Maniitsoq. North: as greenland.com.

What is the usual way to divide regions? I would say by coherence and possibility of describing the region as a whole insted of having to always say: in the north we have ... and in the south we have...

Therefore I vote for greenland-guide's division. (WT-en) Clcow 14:36, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

The main guideline is to do what makes the most sense for the benefit of the typical traveler. We prefer natural geographic divisions that make it easy to describe each region, rather than official government ones. - (WT-en) Todd VerBeek 21:26, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

Work SectionEdit

It would be nice if we could add something to this section. I wonder how easy or hard it is for a foreigner to find work in Greenland. What kind of jobs are available? English teaching? (WT-en) Daniel32708 04:09, 3 April 2010 (EDT)

Another region divisionEdit

I believe major changes should be discuused before implementing. User:MadsLumholt proposed using 5 official tourist-regions, I'm not sure, we are not bound to use the official divisions. Jjtkk (talk) 08:14, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

For reference:

Visit Greenland is the official tourist council of Greenland. There are 5 official tourist-regions in Greenland:

Destination North Greenland This region is characterized by huge icebergs, midnight sun and whales in summer, dogsledding and northern lights in winter. Here, in the town of Ilulissat, you will find the famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord that is on Unesco's World Heritage List and numerous small authentic settlements that has preserved the old hunter/fisherman way of life.

The official visitor website is northgreenland.com

Destination Arctic Circle This region is located close around the Arctic Circle on the West coast of Greenland. Sisimiut, the biggest town here is also Greenland's second largest town. This is the only place in Greenland where you can travel far into the land before meeting the ice cap. Dog sledding trips between Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq (where the international airport is located) is a popular adventure trip, and in summer the trip can be done as a hiking trip. Kangerlussuaq has the most stable weather in Greenland (the only place with continental climate) and it is one of the best places in the World to watch the northern lights.

The official visitor website is arcticcircle.gl

Destination Capital Region In this region you find Greenland's growing capital Nuuk with 16,500 inhabitants (2013). Nuuk is an arctic metropol with shopping centres, museums, culture centres and good restaurants. The Nuuk Fjord is one of the World's largest fjord systems. In the fjord, surrounded by steep mountains, there are several former settlements that are now used as summerhouse areas.

The official visitor website is sermersooq.com

Destination South Greenland South Greenland is more lush with a milder climate than the rest of Greenland. It's the only region with sheep-farming and agriculture in small scale (growing vegetables for the domestic market). It's also the place to see old ruins from the Viking colonies that was there from around 1000 AD to around 1400 AD. You can also bathe in a hot spring surrounded by drifting icebergs.

The official visitor website is southgreenland.gl

Destination East Greenland East Greenland is one of the World's most isolated places. Only two towns are located here on an almost 3,000 km long stretch of coast. Tasiilaq, the main town, is known for it's dramatic and beautiful landscape, dog sledding, hiking and other adventure activities. The local settlements represent the most authentic hunter/fisherman lifestyle. The other town, Ittoqqortoormiit, is located in the outskirts of the World's largest National Reserve, and this is the area in Greenland where you have the biggest chance of seing polar bears and walruses.

The official visitor website is eastgreenland.com

PartOf: North America or Nordic countriesEdit

Greenland is geographically part of North America, so having the breadcrumb go there seems natural, but politically Greenland is part of the Nordic countries and I now notice that Get in mentions no possibility to get here from Canada or USA. Round the world overland gives Canada/US to Greenland as one of the problematic passages.

Should we change the PartOf?

--LPfi (talk) 09:59, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

Yes it does. A large portion of Greenland#Get in addresses this. From "By plane":
  • June through September, two weekly returns from Keflavik Airport in Iceland (Icelandair's hub) to both Nuuk and Narsarsuaq. With plentiful flights between the United States and Iceland, this is by far the easiest way to get to Greenland from North America. It's also the most affordable as it's the only route Air Greenland has any competition on.
  • Also June through September, there is twice weekly service between Iqaluit in Canada and Nuuk. Through codeshare agreements with FirstAir, it is possible to purchase a ticket originating in Ottawa (YOW) from around kr 10,000 ($2,500 return).

There are also numerous charter outfits serving Greenland from Europe and North America, and if you're on a package tour to Greenland from North America, a chartered flight is frequently included. Scientific and technical personnel travelling from North America for research purposes typically fly into Kangerlussuaq aboard New York Air National Guard C-130s.

Greenland's airports are very private aviation-friendly if the weather is right. The name of Greenland's airport service is Mittarfeqarfiit.

From "By boat":

Realistically, there is no ferry service from Europe or North America. Royal Arctic Line is the national freight operator, but they don't take passengers to or from Greenland.

There are cruise ships from both continents that visit Greenland. [end of quoting]

I recall reading somewhere that Greenland is on a path toward independence. Will you still want to consider it part of Europe then? I don't see the point, really. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:40, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

OK. I seem to have read the paragraphs carelessly (and to have been less alert, not to think twice). I just stumbled upon Greenland while figuring out how autonomous regions of the Nordic countries were handled (Åland was breadcrumbed directly, bypassing Finland, which seemed strange). Greenland also is the only member of the Nordic council not treated as a region of the Nordic countries, and is listed together with the Baltic countries, which have not been part of the cooperation. It is true that Greenland is getting more and more independence, but I think Greenland is keen to keep the ties to the Nordic countries regardless (I do not know about cooperation with the natives in America, although I suppose that must be going on also). At the moment I have no strong opinion on the matter. --LPfi (talk) 18:19, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

CoronavirusEdit

I’m not too familiar with this media outlet, but it has an article about the coronavirus situation in Greenland that may be useful: https://euobserver.com/coronavirus/147980. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 10:32, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

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