Greenland: Top 10 facts about the world’s largest island

1. With an area of 836,330 square miles and a population of just under 56,500, Greenland is the world’s most sparsely populated country.

2. Greenland used to be part of Denmark but was given home rule in 1979 and even greater autonomy with self-rule in 2009.

3. The Head of State in Greenland is still Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the currency is the Danish krone.

4. It is said that Eric the Red gave Greenland its misleading name in an attempt to entice settlers…

5. …Eric the Red had been exiled to Greenland when convicted of manslaughter in Iceland.

6. In 1979, Greenland voted to leave the European Economic Community (predecessor of the EU) and finally did so in 1985.

7. When this happened, the area of the EEC was reduced by about half.

8. There are no roads or railways in Greenland. Planes, boats and dog sleds are the main means of transport between towns.

9. Three-quarters of Greenland is covered by a permanent ice-sheet.

10. Useful word in Greenlandic: pibloktoq: a period of wild excitement followed by unconsciousness.