Why Isn’t Greenland Considered a Continent Like Australia and What Does Greenland Mean In Kalaallisut?

Geographers have decided that Greenland is too small to be called a continent.

Australia is three and a half times larger than Greenland.

Greenland is physiographically part of the continent of North America, and is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

Greenland is the world’s largest island that is not a continent by area, and is the least densely populated country in the world with a population of about 56,452 in 2010.

According to the Icelandic sagas, the Norwegian-born explorer Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for murder.

Greenland means “Land of the Kalaallit people” in the Kalaallisut language.

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