Unfrozen assets

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



Author: Janus

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9 thoughts on “Unfrozen assets”

  1. Even the thought of Greenland is making me feel cold.

    ‘When you’ve seen the world there’s always Greenland’, but I’ve never been remotely tempted!

    I don’t think contact with the modern world have generally been favourable to the Inuit, Janus.

  2. Ah but it has one thing in its favour, so very nice and white….

    Of course I mean the snow!

  3. The Inuit are pretty mixed up with the Europeans in Greenland and have been for a good long time. They are hardly a bunch of igloo dwellers.

  4. Araminta: historically Greenland was the first part of North America to have been settled by persons of pallor prior to the arrival of Native Americans/Inuits. Yes, it’s true! The Norse settled there some time before the Inuits crossed over from Canada. The difference is that the Inuits knew how to survive and the Greenland Norse refuse to learn from the infidel savages, preferring to eat their pets, starving off, and then finally disappearing into the sands of time.

  5. Yes, indeed, Christopher, and now in slightly more modern times, their traditional way of life has been threatened, the relocation of communities due to the establishment of Thule and etc.

    I think they have done pretty well, all things considered, but there is a cost!

  6. Difficult geology huh! maybe they should try fracking.

    I try hard not to read anything that has green in it. Greenpeace , Green energy, Greenhouse gas, it all gives me a headache.

  7. Quite coincidentally, Janus, I recently read a novel by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, called The Day is Dark. I wouldn’t recommend it but it was set in Greenland, and although written by an Icelandic author, it did inspire me to find out more about Greenland, and the Inuit.

  8. Arrers, my guess is that most people know squat about them, except fallacies like ‘they have 20 words for snow’!

    This tendency seems to suit the Danish Government who persist with a myth that an annual dog patrol in the north fulfils the purpose of checking that the Russians haven’t invaded! The Crown Prince, always up for a jaunt, has been known to join it, earning himself a reputation for bravery! That’s one word for it.

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