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The Wall Street Journal, citing two unnamed advisers, reported late Thursday that Trump has, “with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest” in buying the island in the North Atlantic.
According to the article, the idea first came to Trump last spring when an associate suggested during a dinner that he should consider buying Greenland given that Denmark was having financial trouble over the island.
China has also been eyeing Greenland’s close proximity to the Arctic shipping lanes and its rich mineral resources, including uranium and rare earths.
According to a January 2018 editorial by state-run media Xinhua, China currently considers Greenland a strategic part of its Arctic ambition and its “Polar Silk Road”—an extension of its One Belt, One Road initiative.
It would not be the first offer to the Dutch as
Greenland has the highest suicide rate in the world. High rates of alcoholism, no jobs. We tried to buy it a couple of times but they would rather be poor sickly socialists I guess fishing and freezing their butts off.
Denmark had resolved to improve living conditions in its Arctic colony. Many people still made a living by hunting seal, only a small percentage spoke Danish, and tuberculosis was widespread. The best way to modernise the island was to create a new type of Greenlander, the Danish authorities decided, so they sent out telegrams to priests and headteachers asking them to identify intelligent children between the ages of six and 10. The plan - formed with the help of the charity Save the Children Denmark - was to send them to foster families in Denmark so they could be re-educated as "little Danes".
And that's when she got another surprise. While Thiesen had been away, another charity, the Danish Red Cross, had built a children's home in Nuuk. It said that after their stay in affluent Danish homes, the youngsters shouldn't live with their own families in "worse conditions".
"It was in the days when Greenland was a Danish colony. And the colonial masters - they were 'masters' in the worst sense of the word - they controlled everything and you didn't contradict a Dane. You just didn't even question what they said."
Also, there is a lot of debate about how maps are drawn and Greenland is one of the most misrepresented land masses in the world.
While it looks to be about 3-3.5x the size of Alaska it's only about 10% larger.
originally posted by: NoFearsEqualsFreeMan
a reply to: DigginFoTroof
When i was a kid, i remember people telling me that the reason Iceland is called Iceland, was so people would think the place was just full of Ice, but it is really mostly green. And like so with Greenland, which is full of ice, we made it sound more attractive to foreign nations to go for that land instead. Something like that.
Dont know if its true or just some good story people made up because they really should switch names, to fit more with reality..
The mini iceage was just before the 1700´s, so maybe you on to something. I dont trust anything coming from officials anymore, so wouldnt be suprised if there was something to it. But iam not convinced
Also, take a look at Africa on old maps. It is tiny compared to what size it really is, just like Greenland is so much bigger than reality.
When i was a kid i used to thing Greenland was the biggest country in the world, based on those maps