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Denmark is a highly developed stable democracy with a modern economy. Greenland is a self -governing dependency of Denmark. For additional information, visit the State Department page http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/da  


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Country Name: Greenland
Continent: Europe(arctic Region)
Capital City: Nuuk (Godthab)
Boundary Countries:

No Land Boundaries

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Nuuk: Dronning Ingreds Hospital

Main Cities:

Nuuk, Nord, Danmark Havn, Sisimiut, Kangerluarsoruseq, Nanortalik, Tasiilaq

Country Size: 2,166,086 sq km (410,449 sq km ice-free, 1,755,637 sq km ice-covered)
Population: 56,361



Greenlandic (East Inuit), Danish, English

Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
Predominant Religions:

Evangielitical Lutheran

National Holidays: National holiday: June 21 (longest day) Constitution: 5June 1953 (Danish constitution)
Economic Status:

The economy remains critically dependent on exports of fish and substantial support from the Danish Government, which supplies about half of government revenues.


Military - note: defence is the responsibility of Denmark

US Presence:

The United States has no consular presence in Greenland or the Faroe Islands.
Americans living or traveling in Denmark are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the
State Department’s travel registration website so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Denmark.  Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.  The U.S. Embassy is located at Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24; 2100 Copenhagen, telephone: (45) 33-41-71-00; Embassy fax: (45) 35-43-02-23; Consular Section fax: (45) 35-38-96-16; After-hours emergency telephone: (45) 35-55-92-70.  Information is also available via the U.S. Embassy’s website.

Document Requirements:

Denmark is a party to the Schengen agreement.  As such, U.S. citizens may enter Denmark for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.  For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.  Passport and visa regulations are similar for Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroes.  Contact the Royal Danish Embassy at 3200 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008 or by telephone at (202) 234-4300 for the most current visa information.  Another source of useful information, available in both English and Danish, is the Danish Immigration Service website.

Information about
dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  14, Airports w/paved runways:  9
Kangerlussuaq Airport
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, PO Box 1006, 3910 Kangerlussuaq, GREENLAND
Tel: +299 841113
Fax: +299 841039
Customs, hours: 10:00-19:00 Mon – Sat
Tel: +299 840300
Fax: +299 841039

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Greenland has no established road system, and domestic travel is performed by foot, boat, or by air. CRIME:  Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroes all have very low violent crime rates, however, non-violent crimes of opportunity have slightly increased over the last few years, especially in Copenhagen and other major Danish cities, where tourists can become targets for pickpockets and sophisticated thieves.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 15.4 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 69.94 years (male 66.36/female 73.6)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B
Boosters:  MMR, DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob cases have been reported primarily from the United Kingdom, although a few cases have been reported from other countries in Western Europe. Large outbreaks of trichinosis have occurred; outbreaks in France have been linked to horse meat.Measles outbreaks occurred in several European countries in 2006.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

In Greenland and the Faroe Islands, medical facilities are limited and evacuation is required for serious illness or injury. Although emergency medical treatment is free of charge, the patient is charged for follow-up care.

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Referrals: 1
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Risk of hepatitis A is low, although sporadic outbreaks have occurred in developed countries.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 has been documented in wild birds or other avian species in several of the countries in Europe. For a current list of countries reporting outbreaks of H5N1 among poultry and/or wild birds, view updates from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code: +299 
Internet Country Code:  .gl


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