The ginormous island of Greenland (pop. 56,000) is ruled by little Denmark (pop. 5.6 million) and occupies two seats in the Danish parliament (Folketing). As a relative stranger to the culture here I have the impression that Danes regard their western ‘compatriots’ with a kind of sentimental sympathy – simple people who are trying hard to make it in the sophisticated world of hi-technology and low cunning.
But things were put to the test recently when Cairn started drilling for oil in Arctic waters and the local politicians in Greenland announced their intention to become independent – happy no doubt at the prospect that their revenues would soon be boosted and they would no longer have to live off handouts from Copenhagen and rents from the USAF base at Thule. Would Greenland be the next Klondike?
Alas no – at least not yet. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/nov/30/cairn-dry-oil-wells-greenland