Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Largest Island: Greenland [Kalaatdlit Nunaat]

Greenland (KalaallisutKalaallit Nunaat meaning "Land of the Greenlanders"; Danish:Grønland)[4] is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, located between theArctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographicallya part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically associated with Europe(specifically Denmark–Norway) for about a millennium. The largest island in Greenland is also named Greenland, and makes up most of the country's land area.
Greenland has been inhabited, though not continuously, by indigenous peoples since 2500 BC. There were Norse colonies in Greenland from AD 986 until sometime most likely in the 15th century. In the early 18th century contact between Scandinavia and Greenland was re-established and Denmark established rule over Greenland.
Greenland is, by area, the world's largest island that is not a continent.[5] With a population of 56,452 (January 2010 estimate) it is one of the least densely populated dependencies or countries in the world.[6]


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