Who Does Greenland Belong To and Is Greenland Part of North America?

Yes, Greenland is geographically part of North America.

But politically Greenland is a self-governing province that belongs to Denmark, a European nation.

In 1979 Denmark granted home rule to Greenland, in a relationship known in Danish as Rigsfællesskabet, meaning Commonwealth of the Realm.

Greenland is the largest island in the world.

Its official name is Kalaallit Nunaat in the Greenlandic language.

Most of its 57,000 citizens are of Inuit and Danish ancestry.

Greenland’s Head of State in 2010 was Margrethe II.

North America is the only continent that experiences all of the earth’s climate groups: tropical, mild, continental, dry, high elevation, and polar.

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