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GREENLAND

The History of Greenland is a spectacular one that goes back to 4500 years ago when the first inhabitants,
the Inuits arrived. The Inuits mainly lived on fishery and hunting marine mammels. They migrated severally
but their last migration was around the arrival of the Norse and Erik the Red, the leader of the Vikings.
Erik the Red is known to have given the country its name ”Greenland” with the hopes that it would attract
settlers. To unknown reasons the decedents of the Norse disappeared with no trace. Thereafter European
whalers came in contact with the Inuits. This encounter led to massive trades at the time.

Greenland’s valuable resource
"Greenland is a huge country with a small population 56.000. The economy is fragile and primarily dependent on the fishing industry, hunting and sheep farming. Based on history and other relevant factors from organisations such as Greenpeace, WFF and the Green’s Professional Hunting and Fishing Organisation (KNAPK). Seals are considered a very important resource to the Greenlandic society. This permits the Greenlanders to hunt seal and use it in the most sustainable way possible in order to sustain themselves. The ringed seal is the smallest species of seal, its skin is characterised by ring-shaped markings, primarily on the dark grey back.

Greenland and Denmark
During World War ll, Greenland became socially and economically disconnected from Denmark. In 1973, Greenland joined the European Economic Community with Denmark. Although the country today, is still a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, it has enjoyed independence since 1979. 



The Arctic temperatures

Greenland’s climate is primarily arctic, 80 percent of the country is covered in ice. 
It is not as windy in Greenland as it is in Denmark but, it rains and snows. On the ice cap, the temperature could be below -70 degrees. However, In the southern part of the country, the temperature could rise to more than 20° C (68° F) in June-August. Therefore the summer months are warmest and driest on land.



Sources:

http://www.ice-berg.dk/historie.htm,
http://www.greenland.com/en/about-greenland/culture-spirit/history/,
http://arcticjournal.com/culture/241/environment-groups-ok-greenland-seal-hunt,
http://www.dmi.dk/en/klima/klimaet-frem-til-i-dag/groenland/
http://europas-lande.dk/dan/Lande/Gr%C3%B8nland/Natur/Klima/Let/