NEVER BEEN TO... GREENLAND
THIS MAY BE THE WORLD’S LARGEST ISLAND but only 56,000 souls reside here, all clinging to the coastal towns because threequarters of the land mass is permanently covered in an ice sheet. Nuuk, the capital, is home to one-third of the population. Greenland is the only country in the Americas where the native language is spoken more widely than the language of the colonists, as speakers of Greenlandic – an Inuit language – outnumber speakers of Danish.
Few tourists visit. Those that do come for the snow sports, outdoor activities, Northern Lights, icebergs, whale spotting or to see other wildlife. International flights arrive at the country’s main Kangerlussuaq Airport from either Denmark or Iceland. You then need internal flights or a boat to get around.
In 1985 Greenland exited the EEC (an earlier version of the European Union), upset about fishing regulations and a ban on seal skins. Life carried on normally. (Except for the seals.)