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Old 01-12-2011, 10:22 AM
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There might also be a lot of canadians and americans who would like to work in Greenland.
I can't speak for Canadians, but I can't see US citizens clamoring for a career in Greenland. Fishing tends to be very socio-centric, meaning that you fish where you grew up and learnt to fish (such as New England.) As that is the major industry for Greenland, it doesn't seem viable.

IIRC, we (the US) lost an entire airplane or two in Greenland. One of which was carrying nukes.

Iceland has been marketing its steam-energy for industries that have high electrical requirements, such as data centers. I don't see that Greenland has the same thermal energy capacity, which is a shame.

I'm sure that the citizens of Greenland are glad that Frederick takes more than a passing interest in their part of the world, however.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:54 AM
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I can't speak for Canadians, but I can't see US citizens clamoring for a career in Greenland. Fishing tends to be very socio-centric, meaning that you fish where you grew up and learnt to fish (such as New England.) As that is the major industry for Greenland, it doesn't seem viable.

IIRC, we (the US) lost an entire airplane or two in Greenland. One of which was carrying nukes.

Iceland has been marketing its steam-energy for industries that have high electrical requirements, such as data centers. I don't see that Greenland has the same thermal energy capacity, which is a shame.

I'm sure that the citizens of Greenland are glad that Frederick takes more than a passing interest in their part of the world, however.
Well there is a lot of danish academics in Greenland.

In my opinion I don't think the danish academics would leave Greenland because of an increasing independence.

But even so - I made a suggestion (in my previous comment) -that there could perhaps be Canadien or american academics such as doctors, lawyers, ingeneers etc., who would like to contribute ....
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:31 AM
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I'm not sure what US academics could add to Greenland, as the higher educational system appears to be thin. I would think that would be the same for the other "Americas," Central & South America, where the landscape is rich for academics.

And I think we are waaayyyy away from royalty discussions here - but that's my opinion.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:31 AM
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In my opinion I don't think the danish academics would leave Greenland because of an increasing independence.
No, they leave because they don't want to stay there for their entire lives. I work with three people who've been stationed in Greenland (two nurses and a social worker). Asides from the environment being spectacular for the first few weeks, they have little positive to say about the island, the place apparantly being a quagmire of neglect, abuse and social deroute heavily seasoned with a lot of corruption.

Once Greenland goes independent, they'll have to raise salaries for academics etc. vastly - and expect that they can't keep these people employed for more than a few years.
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Does anyone know if any members of the Royal family speaks Greenlandic?
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I saw now on television that Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland.
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I saw now on television that Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland.
It'll never happen, though. Denmark does not have any interest in selling Greenland, and Greenlanders have absolutely no interest in Greenland becoming a U.S. territory. As it stands, Greenlanders have voting representation in the Danish Rigsdagen, and are on a path that has led them to have increasingly greater autonomy, with a possibility for independence down the line. As a U.S. territory, they would have no voting representation in the United States Congress, and independence would be a pipe dream, so coming under U.S. control would represent a sizable step backward for Greenlandic self-determination.

It would also be a rather large step backward for Greenlanders' public welfare. Currently, Greenlanders enjoy, for example, universal health care. Well, they can kiss that goodbye if they ever come under U.S. administration. That would be a huge problem for a people as poor as the people of Greenland—throwing them into the U.S.'s for-profit health insurance model would be very bad for them at this point.

Additionally, the United States has undeniable problems when race is concerned. Given that the greater part of Greenland's population is non-white, it's likely that the politicians in Washington would end up chronically neglecting Greenland's needs, much the same way as they currently neglect Puerto Rico's needs, or that politicians in both Washington and most state capitals subject the populations of Indian reservations to even more profound neglect.

All in all, one certainly can't blame Greenlanders for not wanting Greenland to be sold to the United States.
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It'll never happen, though. Denmark does not have any interest in selling Greenland, and Greenlanders have absolutely no interest in Greenland becoming a U.S. territory. As it stands, Greenlanders have voting representation in the Danish Rigsdagen, and are on a path that has led them to have increasingly greater autonomy, with a possibility for independence down the line. As a U.S. territory, they would have no voting representation in the United States Congress, and independence would be a pipe dream, so coming under U.S. control would represent a sizable step backward for Greenlandic self-determination.

It would also be a rather large step backward for Greenlanders' public welfare. Currently, Greenlanders enjoy, for example, universal health care. Well, they can kiss that goodbye if they ever come under U.S. administration. That would be a huge problem for a people as poor as the people of Greenland—throwing them into the U.S.'s for-profit health insurance model would be very bad for them at this point.

Additionally, the United States has undeniable problems when race is concerned. Given that the greater part of Greenland's population is non-white, it's likely that the politicians in Washington would end up chronically neglecting Greenland's needs, much the same way as they currently neglect Puerto Rico's needs, or that politicians in both Washington and most state capitals subject the populations of Indian reservations to even more profound neglect.

All in all, one certainly can't blame Greenlanders for not wanting Greenland to be sold to the United States.
Your point of view, as an American, is certainly refreshing, to say the least One can only hope that Queen Margrethe's dogs will bite the President's ankles
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Daisy should offer to buy Nebraska or Minnesota.
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Interesting thought, rob. Actually thinking of Queen Margrethe, I think she'd be far happier acquiring an area where there's a good reason for an archaeological dig to discover how ancient man lived.

But anyways, back to the Greenland discussion, I sincerely hope that no one gets the rights to go into Greenland only seeing dollar signs from the resources that can be pulled out of the earth there. From what I understand, Greenland is a wonderful place for geologists and seismologists to study the past history of our earth.
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