Facts

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With a population over 57,000 in 78 towns and villages and only one Independent Baptist missionary (his blog is here), Greenland has ample opportunity for promoting the Gospel.

Transportation can be challenging since there are no connecting roads between towns and villages — access is only by boat, air or dog sled. Here are some more interesting facts about Greenland:

Greenland is the world’s largest island.
Greenland in Greenlandic Kalaallit Nunaat means land of the Inuit or eskimo people.
There are no trees in the country.
Greenlanders utilize dog sleds for travel and transportation of goods.
The language in Greenland is Greenlandic and Danish.
Greenlandic is considered by studies in Norway as one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.
Three fourths of the country is above the arctic circle.
Ilulissat’s coldest temperature on record is -87F.
Hunting and fishing are a vital means of life for the Inuit.
There are 2 months in the winter with 24 hours of darkness and 2 months in the summer with 24 hours of sunlight.
Greenland is home to one of the largest producing glaciers in the world.
Many towns and villages don’t have indoor plumbing or running water.
High school is optional and only offered in 3 towns.
The Lutheran church is the state church of Greenland and functions as a branch of the government.
Most Greenlanders don’t attend church faithfully and still hold to shamanism beliefs.