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8 Things I didn’t know about Greenland

8 Things I didn’t know about Greenland until I moved here

Did you know that Greenland is the largest island on our lovely planet that’s full of ice and glaciers?  Sure, that’s what Greenland IS known for, one big massive chunk of ice in the middle of the Arctic.  But did you know that it’s similar to Alaska?  That’s an opinion of course from yours truly, but it is similar in so many ways. I have more in the blog post HERE.  

So here are more tidbits of what I didn’t know about Greenland until I lived here for almost a year.  

Did you know:

1 Tourism is huge here. 

When I first visited Greenland I was surprised to see all the tourists.  People as far as India were coming to see and soak up Greenland (pre-pandemic of course).  It’s really a money-making industry.  Check it out HERE.

2 Effective transportation. 

You don’t have a car?…no problem.  The bus system will show up rain or shine, sleet or crazy sideways-blowing-you-down snowstorms, and it will be on time. 

3 Most people are trilingual.

Greenlandic, Danish, and English are the major languages spoken here and in that order.  But mainly, people are Inuit Greenlandic & Danish.  It’s a beautiful mix. 

4 There are no trees anywhere. 

There are NO TREES in Nuuk.  This is odd because I didn’t notice it until someone pointed it out to me.  But I hear there are some trees in South Greenland.  But not a lot.   

5 People LOVE their fudbold.

By ‘fudbold’ I mean soccer (in Danish) and it is like a religion here.  I kid you not, there is a car that says, “Manchester United,” with a flag and all.  People LOVE their fudbold and are pretty die-hard about it.

6 Nuuk is an International hub

Just so you know, Nuuk is an international hub for researchers, environmentalists, geologists, active winter sports enthusiasts, and everything else you can think of, Nuuk is more diverse than you think.  

7 Its the best of both worlds

In Nuuk, you get the modern city with all the city life amenities (like roads, wifi, coffee shops, stores, traffic, restaurants, and shopping), and mesh that with rural subsistence life all in one.  I like to call it a ‘Modern village,’ because during the day we can go fishing off the beach, go to the fjords by boat to hunt tuttu (caribou when they are in season), and then also go to the movies later that night.  It’s the perfect combination for people who love both lifestyles.  

8 Taxes cap at 46% 

This seems like a lot since I’m a wee bit skeptical as to what my taxes are actually going to exactly.  But I digresssssss…people can’t be taxed more than 46% period.  It’s the law. 

Now ya know!  

What things did you experience after you moved to a new country or place?

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