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    Greenland Forms New Government

    Greenland reached a coalition accord to form a new government on Tuesday, ending three weeks of political crisis in the autonomous Danish Arctic territory.
    In early September, the left-wing pro-independence Naleraq quit the coalition led by the social democrat Siumut party, leaving the government without a majority in the local parliament.

    The coalition collapsed over differences about the funding of a planned upgrade of Greenland's airports, with Naleraq opposed to Copenhagen's direct financial participation in the project.

    After weeks of negotiations, Prime Minister Kim Kielsen on Tuesday declared that the new "coalition accord is tighter than the last time".

    He added that it addresses "the essential matters... like fishing and the mining of raw materials".

    The new government includes the liberal-conservatives and the separatist party, and will also count on the support of the democrat party in parliament.

    In April legislative elections, Siumut narrowly beat the green-leftist Inuit Ataqatigiit.

    But the two were unable to form a coalition over differences on fishing -- which accounts for 90 percent of Greenland's exports.

    Plagued by financial and social woes, Greenland with about 56,000 people receives an annual grant of around 3.6 billion Danish kroner (453 million euros) from Copenhagen.

    In the airport dispute, Denmark's aim, in wanting to partly fund the infrastructure projects, was to prevent Greenland's government from having to turn to China's state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) as a possible partner and investor, said Mikaa Mered, professor for polar economics and geopolitics at the ILERI institute in Paris.
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20181003/gre...new-government

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    Such an amazing country as it's pretty independant and full of lovely icy landscapes. It's funny that these arctic countries have hot springs and warm fjords.
    Northern lights, polar bears, penguins and sled dogs sounds like the land of always winter.

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    Sounds nice if a bit cold.

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    I have worked in Greenland. Their idea of independence is nice but not realistic. Half of the population live in Nuuk and the rest live across the country. The most nortern municipality is bigger than the Iberian peninsula but there are only 17,000 people living across the area.

    In theory Greenland can become one of the richest countries in the world because of all natural resources (such as ore). But in reality it will be very difficult due to lack of infrastructure as well as harsh climate that makes it difficult for the mining.

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    I am genuinely gobsmacked: I never realised that Greenland actually had a government!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wuotans Krieger View Post
    I am genuinely gobsmacked: I never realised that Greenland actually had a government!
    They got it in 1979 but received full autonomy in 2009.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenl..._and_self-rule

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoppoyz View Post
    I have worked in Greenland.
    What was everyday life on Greenland like? From what I've heard from people visiting Nuuk, the natives are mostly preoccupied with getting drunk and playing bingo.
    A nation is an organic thing, historically defined.
    A wave of passionate energy which unites past, present and future generations

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    Quote Originally Posted by Şoreiğar View Post
    What was everyday life on Greenland like? From what I've heard from people visiting Nuuk, the natives are mostly preoccupied with getting drunk and playing bingo.
    I worked in Northern Greenland and I was never in Nuuk. But when they don't work they drink, smoke and breed.

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