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June 21, 2009 10:24 PM   Subscribe

Yesterday was self government day in Greenland. The last step before complete independence from Denmark. They played the Greenland National Anthem.
posted by Xurando (15 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
A recent study carried out by Wood Mackenzie ... highlights four basins that are likely to be the focus of the petroleum industry in the upcoming years: the Kronprins Christian Basin [NE Greenland], which is likely to have large reserves, the southwest Greenland basin, due to its proximity to markets, and the more oil-prone basins of Laptev [Russia] and Baffin Bay [off Greenland]. - Wiki

Looks like Greenland may end up being quite an economic powerhouse in the decades ahead.
posted by crapmatic at 10:42 PM on June 21, 2009


Quite a deft move I think, in the light of the natural resources and also in the light of global warming.
posted by XMLicious at 11:22 PM on June 21, 2009


At last, Greenland will no longer suffer under the tyranny of Demark.
posted by quadog at 11:42 PM on June 21, 2009


They played the Greenland National Anthem.

This could be improved. For one thing, I find it very difficult to sing the words "All other countries are run by little girls" to that music.
posted by rokusan at 12:40 AM on June 22, 2009


They have a wonderful flag, a great name for their capital, Nuuk, and I wish them the best in their future endeavours.
posted by jtron at 12:42 AM on June 22, 2009


Will there be any migration of Inuit from Canada/US to Greenland, considering that in essence it is an independent Inuit state?
posted by PenDevil at 2:18 AM on June 22, 2009


All they need now is relaxed financial regulation, a large banking sector compared to the size of their economy and a fondness for leveraged buy-outs of foreign companies and they can be the new Iceland!
posted by Electric Dragon at 3:09 AM on June 22, 2009


They played the Greenland National Anthem

♪♪ "Greenland, Greenland, Greenland, the country where I want to be, pony trekking or camping, or just watching TV" ♪♪
posted by MuffinMan at 3:47 AM on June 22, 2009


At last, Greenland will no longer suffer under the tyranny of Demark.

According to the article, Denmark's been giving them an $11,000 per person subsidy. That doesn't quite seem like tyranny to me. If anything it seems like they're having it both ways, getting the pride of being an independently-run, self-sufficient country, while also getting the medical and economic support of a European nation.
posted by explosion at 3:50 AM on June 22, 2009


At last, Greenland will no longer suffer under the tyranny of Demark.

According to the article, Denmark's been giving them an $11,000 per person subsidy. That doesn't quite seem like tyranny to me. If anything it seems like they're having it both ways, getting the pride of being an independently-run, self-sufficient country, while also getting the medical and economic support of a European nation.


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Hopefully Greenland can manage its mineral wealth well so that it isn't exploited by large companies or has a sudden deluge of income. They need a steady budget and good investment, with money left over for Eurovision entries.

posted by Sova at 5:25 AM on June 22, 2009


That's awesome. Good luck to the Greenlanders. Greenlandians. Greenlandishpeople.
posted by jquinby at 7:13 AM on June 22, 2009


Soon, Greenland will actually be green.
posted by Xoebe at 7:17 AM on June 22, 2009


And now, the news in Greenlandic. (Sounds like they have the Welsh "ll" sound, which is awesome.)
posted by gubo at 8:20 AM on June 22, 2009


Greenland has 58,000 people and only two traffic lights.

Do you reckon they're always green?
posted by radioedit at 8:51 AM on June 22, 2009


Snark on Greenland thread! Metafilter's so clever!
posted by blucevalo at 10:27 AM on June 22, 2009


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