Greenland facts

    Greenland is one of the places on Earth which is almost forgotten. For many years, this country has been a part of Denmark, and just recently it has got its autonomy. Here is a list of interesting and fun facts about Greenland, sent by Travel Ticker writers and updated by the facts.co editorial team
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    Biggest Island

    Greenland is the world's largest island. It is the least densely populated territory in the world.

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    Whiteland
    Greenland is not that green! Around 85 percent of this island is always covered with ice. After he was exiled from Iceland for manslaughter, Erik the Red deceptively named it "Greenland" hoping to attract settlers. The the indigenous Greenlandic Inuit people are called Kalaallisut and the country's name in Greenlandic is Kalaallit Nunaat ("land of the Kalaallit") The Kalaallit are the indigenous Greenlandic Inuit people.
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    Big is beautiful

    Greenland is geographically part of North America, but politically is part of Europe. It is the third largest country in North America
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    Largest national park

    Greenland's only national park, Northeast Greenland National Park is the world's largest national park. It is bigger than all but twenty-nine countries in the world.
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    Mighty muskox
    The muskox is the largest land mammal in Greenland. Adults weigh about 285 kg to 410 kg (630 lb to 900 lb). A muskox can reach speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph). Its life expectancy in wild is about 15 years.

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    Fjord
    Located on the west coast of Greenland, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Ilulissat Icefjord was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
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    First Church
    The Hvalsey Church of Greenland is the first Christians church built on the continent of North America. It was built by Norse settlers who migrated here from Europe. This is one of the most well-preserved churches, and it dates back to the early 14th century.
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    Long day
    In Greenland, Sun does not set from May 25th to July 25th. The sun rises and stay in the sky as the day goes, and during night, the sun still be visible, giving warm glow. June 21, the longest day of the year, is a national holiday. July is the only month when Greenland's temperature reaches above freezing.
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    Fjords

    A major part of Greenland is covered by fjords, which prevent the construction of roads. People travel between towns by plane, boat, helicopter, snowmobile or dog sled
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    Aurora Borealis
    Greenland is definitely the best place to enjoy the Northern Lights. You can enjoy the breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) on clear winter nights of Greenland (mid September to mid April)

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    Nuuk, the capital city
    Nuuk is both capital and largest city of Greenland. About 17,000 people call it home. The city is home to the University of Greenland, an art museum, sports stadium, cultural center, the National Library of Greenland and even an international airport.

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    Greenlanders
    One of the most surprising facts about Greenland‘s locals is the fact that they actually originated from Central Asia. That might explain odd similarities between them and people from Asia – all have the same small eyes, a bit brownish skin, and amazing strength to deal with very unfriendly weather conditions. However, it is still quite hard to trace back how ancient Central Asians settled in this island years ago.
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    Kangerlussuaq Airport
    Greenland's busiest airport, Kangerlussuaq Airport is located in the town of Kangerlussuaq. The entire population of Kangerlussuaq is less than 600

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    rubies and sapphires
    If you dig a little deeper in this amazing island, you might be the lucky fellow who discovered a huge source of the most beautiful ruby and sapphire stones! In fact, it is believed that gemstone mining could one day overtake fishing as the country’s largest industry.
    Greenland facts
    Name Kalaallit Nunaat
    Capital Nuuk
    Currency Danish krone
    Official language Greenlandic
    Population 57,000 (2017 est.)
    Area 2,166,086 sq km (836,330 sq mi)
    Population Density 0.028/sq km (0.1/sq mi)
    Continent North America
    Highest point Gunnbjorn Fjeld (3,700 m)
    National symbol Polar bear
    National day June 21
    Sovereign state Denmark
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