Greenland

Flag of Greenland

Fragile Beauty of Greenland

Country Greenland   (Link to Map of Greenland)
Continent Between North America and Europe
Capital Nuuk
Population 57,728 (2016 estimate)
Language Greenlandic and Danish
Religion Church of Denmark (~85%) which is Lutheran in orientation as well as traditional Inuit
Terrain Flat to gradually sloping icecap for all but a narrow, mountainous, barren coast
Sports Artic sports like skiing, fishing, snowboarding, ice climbing along with mountain climbing
Animals A large number of cold-weather animals live in Greenland, e.g. polar bears, musk oxen, Artic foxes, caribou, Artic wolves, reindeer, puffins, etc.

Along the coastal waters one can find humpback whales, narwhals, orcas, blue whales, sperm whales, beluga whales, fin whales, and mink whales

Facts of Interest World’s largest island which is 81% ice-capped (think: ice from Key West, FL to 100 mi pass Portland, ME long and from Washington, DC to Indianapolis, IN wide!)

Greenland is an autonomous constituent country within the Danish Realm

Greenland has been inhabited off and on over the last ~4500 years starting with forebears who came from Canada

The Norsemen settled in southern Greenland in the 10th century followed by the Inuit people in the 13th century

The island was under Portuguese rule followed by Norway again (along with Denmark).

This dual rule lasted until 1262 when the Kingdom of Norway (a significant military power at the time) took control which lasted until the mid-14th century when Norway suffered significantly from the Black Death and Denmark established rule in 1814.

Concerns Global warming is a huge concern for Greenland since it is 81% ice-capped which accounts for around 10% of the world’s total fresh water reserves; if there was a total melt, this would cause the sea level to rise 23 feet and have a major effect on the Gulf Steam and weather
Mission Much of the mission work in Greenland is done by the Church of Denmark with some work done by the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Copenhagen

Evangelical witness is recent where the Greenlandic Church has learned to express itself in biblical ways that connects with its culture.

Sources en.wikipedia.org; cia.com; reference.com; earthobservatory.nasa.gov; Greenland.com; Pray for the Word (IVP Books, 7th edition, 2015)