Greenland may be one of the most fascinating islands located within close proximity of North America. It is frequently visited by tourist possibly due to the many amenities and attractions that it has to offer. It is also considered to be the world’s largest island with a surface area measuring at approximately 2.2 million square kilometers of which 1.7 million square kilometers of the area is actually covered by ice. Greenland exceptionally friendly humpback whales leaping throughout the waters, dazzling displays of northern lights during the winter seasons, and the enormous icebergs and glaciers surrounded by a vibrant variety of villages. For those who enjoy the sport fishing of angling, the local tourist offices do offer organized fishing trips for a fee.
Outside of the numerous exhilarating sights to see and the adventurous things to do, there are a few fun facts about Greenland that may be of interest to the avid tourist as well as the native Greenlander:
Greenland is populated with an almost equal amount of males in comparison to females. According to the census that was conducted in 2014, the number of males between the ages of 25-54 were nearly the same as the female population in the same age group. Figuratively speaking, there should be no excuse why anyone who falls within this age group while living in Greenland has a better chance of finding a date on a Friday night.
There are approximately 36,000 people within the population of Greenland who are actively using the internet. By the end of the year 2013, the total population of Greenland was averaged to be about 58,000 people. That would mean close to 65 percent of the inhabitants on the island are surfing the World Wide Web. Of the 36,000 Greenlanders who are actively using the internet, approximately 27,000 of them are Facebook subscribers.
Greenland has an open-door prison system. Traditionally when the word ‘prison’ is mentioned, the idea of a person being confined inside an institution on a 24-hour basis for however long the offender was sentenced to do jail time comes to mind. In Greenland, the prison system uses an open-door policy, whereas offenders are only mandated to be detained inside of a jail cell between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Saturday. This applies to all offenders regardless of the crime committed and the extent of time the jail sentence has to be carried out. During the time when the offenders are not confined, all are allowed to mingle within the general population. If there are no vacant holding cells to place the inmate, the inmate’s name is placed on a waiting list.
Greenland is known as an island and is not considered a continent. It may be easy to assume that the geographical location of Greenland would qualify the land to be identified as a continent of its own, but from a geographical standpoint, it does not meet the continental guidelines for consideration. Greenland’s location is geographically on the North American plate, which would make the land an island instead. Even though Greenland is an island located on the North American plate, is it not a part of North America in itself; it is managed by the government of Denmark.
By Stephanie Tapley