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Greenland Index 2005
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Greenland Introduction - 2005
SOURCE: 2005 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
The world's largest island, Greenland is about 81% ice-capped. Vikings reached the island in the 10th century from Iceland; Danish colonization began in the 18th century and Greenland was made an integral part of Denmark in 1953. It joined the European Community (now the European Union) with Denmark in 1973 but withdrew in 1985 over a dispute over stringent fishing quotas. Greenland was granted self-government in 1979 by the Danish parliament. The law went into effect the following year. Denmark continues to exercise control of Greenland's foreign affairs.
NOTE: The information regarding Greenland on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greenland Introduction 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greenland Introduction 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.