Greenland

Charles Kirkpatrick

People that live in Greenland

    The remaining 12% are of white European descent, mainly Greenland Danes. Several thousand Greenlandic inuit reside in Denmark proper. The majority of the population is Lutheran. Nearly all Greenlanders live along the fjords in the south-west of the main island, which has a relatively mild climate. The population of people are about 57,000 people in Greenland.


Culture

About Culture

      The culture of Greenland has much in common with Greenlandic Inuit tradition, as the majority of people are descended from Inuit. Many people still go ice fishing and there are annual dog-sled races in which everyone with a team participates.

Music

    There are a lot of music in Greenland. The main music is Greenlandic As well the number 1 CD in Greenland sold about 5,000 copies, doesn't sound much. But it is with a population of 56,000 people that live in Greenland. Musicians that live in Greenland play the drums made from a oval wooden frame covered with the bladder of a polar bear. For example from music in Greenland, there are a singing group called Nanook.

Fun Facts

1. In Viking legends, Greenland is described exactly as its name suggests: a green, fertile land. Today, however, only around 16% of Greenland is actually green. The rest of the land is covered with ice.

2. Despite having a land area the size of Mexico, Greenland has no road or railway system. Traveling between towns and villages is done by plane, helicopter, boat, or dogsled.

3. In winter, it is possible to reach the northern settlements of Greenland from Canada’s Ellesmere Island on foot. However, harsh weather conditions and global warming thwart any attempts of ever repeating the same feat that the Vikings and the Inuit did in the past.

4. In cities like Los Angeles, almost everyone owns a car; in Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, almost everyone owns a boat.

Government

Type of Government

The type of Government Greenland has is parliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy. Monarchy is a form of government where the monarch rules unhindered, i.e., without any laws, constitution, or legally organized opposition.

History

Ancient History

The first people to set foot in Greenland arrived around 4 to 5 thousand years ago from North America continent via Canada where the sea froze in the narrow strait at Thule the northern Greenland. Which was about 942 AD (after death) The Norse settlers stepped foot in Greenland. In 1500 AD, they just disappeared. To this day, no one knows how or why they disappeared. As well the vikings were on it.

Famous Historian Event

982

982 - Greenland discovered by the Norwegian Erik the Red, who had been banished from Iceland. He returns to Iceland in 985 and calls his discovery "Greenland" to make it more attractive. In 986 he returns to Greenland with settlers.

Knud Rasmussen

Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen was a Danish polar explorer and anthropologist. He has been called the "father of Eskimology" and was the first European to cross the Northwest Passage via dog sled.

Popular Attraction

Ilulissat Ice-fjord

Justifiably Greenland's most visited area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, this amazing berg-strewn section of coast in Disko Bay is where huge glaciers 'calve', an expression meaning that icebergs break off from the glaciers and float out into the coastal waters. This is a perfect place, if you're lucky enough to get the timing right, to witness this awe-inspiring natural spectacle, which can be watched from land. The immense glacier Sermeq Kujalieq, more than five kilometers wide and one kilometer thick, feeds into the bay. Be prepared for stunning vistas and nature at its most majestic.
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Food

Meat

The high meat content in the diet provided energy and nourishment all year round for a physically demanding existence where the harsh Arctic winter could seriously tax one's reserves of energy. There is a lot of hunting and fishing in Greenland in the past day though. Hunting and fishing have been a matter of life and death for 4,000 years, shaping a culture that invented and perfected the kayak.

Guest

As a guest at Greenlandic eateries it is possible to taste traditional Greenlandic food - often as part of the highly regarded Greenlandic buffet. The majority of restaurants also have international menus that incorporate Greenlandic ingredients.

What foods are in Greenland?

Because the majority of Greenland is covered by permanent glaciers, the sea is the source for most food. Seafood dishes include various fishes (often smoked), mussels, and shrimp. Ammassat or capelin, a fish in the salmon family is commonly eaten and can easily be dried.
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Other Foods

NEWCOMERS TO GREENLAND RECIPES

Homegrown fruits and vegetables remain more of a side dish than a main course, but a few farmers in South Greenland and some inspired chefs around the country are getting creative. Warming temperatures have allowed for experimentation with potato and strawberry crops and even beekeeping, and already the results have been distributed in small batches along the coast.

Also, a growing focus to incorporate local flora like angelica, crowberry, and blueberry into the gastronomic experience is an innovative step toward synergy of the Greenland food from land and sea.

Recipe

Kartoffelsalet Varm Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 lb potatoes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper


Directions: Cook medium-size potatoes with skin-on for 10-minutes until *just* tender. Drain, set aside to cool completely (at least 4-hours so starch settles). Peel the potatoes using the blunt edge of a small knife, and pull the skins off the flesh. Slice into 3-4mm disks (about ¼”). Set aside. Slice the onion thinly. Now melt the butter or margarine in a frying pan, and then add the sliced onion. Sweat until translucent. Add the vinegar and bouillon to the onions, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the sliced potatoes, toss gently in the liquid and simmer until the bouillon is completely absorbed. Add a generous amount of pepper, and salt to taste (careful because the vinegar gives it a salty taste). Then serve with sausage.

Map of the Country

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