Now many of you might be wondering whether Greenland is a country or not a country? Well If you ask in Denmark or Greenland, Greenland is a country. Why? Because Greenland is autonomous and not a member of the EU like Denmark. Autonomous means defense and foreign affairs are Danish responsibility.
Health care, including how to handle the Corona crisis is the sole responsibility of the Greenlandic Government. Denmark contributes two-thirds of Greenland's budget revenue and rest comes out of fishing. The total population in Greenland is only 57,000.
Greenland against COVID-19
Greenland has become one and the only country to have all the cases recovered from the novel epidemic. There were 11 positive cases found and now there are no active cases. The cases came from the capital city, Nuuk.
At the moment the whole world is practicing a complete lockdown, likewise, Greenland closed all the borders and those who wish to travel in or out will need special attention. We can see their efforts against coronavirus.
According to the report "A grim history of deadly epidemics brought to Greenland in the 18th and 19th century by European colonizers has fueled fears that the coronavirus, if not checked, will fast reach the many small outlying villages, thereby creating urgent and impossible demands for emergency air transport and intensive care in Greenland's small hospitals."
Fun Facts about Greenland
World's Largest Island
Greenland is the world's largest island by area. The total area is 2.16 million square kilometers. And almost 80% of the area is covered by an ice cap. Nevertheless, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world.
Greenland was once green
Greenland was actually very green when Erik The Red called it "Greenland" in a hope that the name would attract settlers. But scientists believe the island was quite green about 2.5 million years ago.
The island is an autonomous country. It means defense and foreign affairs are taken care of by Denmark. Also, Denmark contributes two-thirds of Greenland's budget revenue. Although, geographically speaking Greenland is a part of the North American continent.
Greenland is a multilingual nation since the majority of the population speaks both Greenlandic (mainly Kalaallisut) and Danish. "Kayaking" and "igloo" are the Greenlandic words that have been adopted directly by other languages.
Greenland has no roads. The main transportation relies on boats and air traffic. Also, you can travel on snowmobiles and dogsleds. Many people have a misconception of movies and believe there are roads across Greenland. They have roads but within the towns.
3 World Heritage Sites
The island owns 3 World Heritage Sites namely Sermeq Kujalleq, Kujataa, and the Aasivissuit-Nipisat. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most active and most visited glaciers in the world. Kujataa is a subarctic farming landscape. And last but not the least, Aasivissuit-Nipisat is an Inuit hunting ground located inside the Arctic Circle.
Easy to find hot springs
Hot springs are said to be reminiscent of Iceland but Greenland offers many natural hot springs. On the island of Uunartoq, you'll find springs that are warm enough to bathe in.
During your visit to Greenland, you can experience the midnight sun. Sounds bizarre? But, it's true. Every year the sun does not set from May 25th to July 25th and remains visible throughout the day and day. You'll find locals out basking in the sun or enjoying a barbecue out in nature.