World Geography: Where is Greenland?

The world is a big and beautiful place. There is a lot to see and discover, right? Yeah, we think so too. Unfortunately, there are many people who aren’t too well versed in geography. In fact a 2016 study reveled that about 64% of North Americans do not have a passport. But, do not fret, that’s what the Internet is here for! We’re going to dive in an answer one of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Arctic Circle; where is Greenland?

Okay so, where is Greenland exactly? If you were to look at a world map you’d be able to see that  Greenland is located to the Northeast of Canada and West of Iceland, it is smack dab in the middle of both of these countries. It is surrounded by the Baffin Bay (to the west), North Atlantic Ocean (southeast), and both the Greenland and Norwegian Sea (east). This massive landmass lies latitudes 59° and 83°N, and longitudes 11° and 74°W.

There is still debate over Greenland’s ‘make-up’. Paul-Emile Victor, a well-known French scientist, concluded in 1951 that Greenland is composed of three large Islands under its ice sheet. This remains disputed, but Victor’s argument is that these islands would be separated by narrow straits that reach the sea at Ilulissat Icefjord, at Greenland’s Grand Canyon as well as south of Nordostrundingen.

Where is Greenland? Fun Facts

Greenland is considered to be part of North America even though it is the World’s largest island (Australia is largest put is considered a continent, not an island). Although Greenland is physiographically a part of North America it is politically and culturally associated with Europe. Greenland is a dependent territory of Denmark, which is why Danish is spoken. The official language of Greenland is Greenlandic but Greenlandic has 4 different dialects. The dialect spoken changes in regard to where you are in the country. Greenland also contains the World’s largest park, fun!

Three-quarters of this incredible country is covered by the only permanent ice sheet outside Antarctica. Greenland’s population density is the lowest in the World. Its population is only about 57,000 people. It is so big with such few people that it literally has a density of 0 people per square kilometer! All of Greenland’s towns and settlements are located along the ice-free coast, with the highest concentration being on the West.

Interested in travel yet? Read about these 10 Greenland Travel Tips that are sure to set you up for a successful and remarkable adventure!