"DK-3900 Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland's capital." Nuuk by mwe

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The basics.

How many people could name the capital of Greenland? ...Nuuk has been its official name since Home Rule was enacted in 1979.
Nuuk's also known as Godthab (Good Hope), a name given by Norwegian missionary Hans Egede in 1728.
Nuuk's January 2007 population figure is 15,047: 11,862 of whom were born in Greenland.
Walking around Nuuk, I guessed about 80% of the people were Inuit (Eskimos), about 18% Danish (Greenland's colonisers), 1% Canadian and 1% others.

Social, cultural Nuuk.

'Experts' and 'ologists claim rough, uncouth, uncivilised behaviour is caused by people who live in featureless landscapes, 'concrete jungles', etc..

...How do they explain Nuuk? There are blocks of flats in Nuuk with magnificent views (24 hours of daylight in June/July) of the iceberg-dotted sea and snowcapped mountains (not things you'd see from council flats in Birmingham or south London) yet residents play loud music, dump household rubbish in ditches, dump tyres, batteries etc. and scrawl graffiti everywhere.

Social commentators seem to think drinking heavily is a British disease. ...Look at my Local Customs "Alcohol" tip and be surprised!

Danish links.

Denmark colonised Greenland, so they still exert a strong influence.

1) The currency is the Danish Krone.
2) Postal addresses are Danish, e.g. Nuuk is DK-3900.
3) Motor vehicles have Danish-style registrations, prefixed with "GR" for Greenland and a "DK" nationality plate.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Imagine Switzerland with seaside and Icebergs.
  • Cons:Rough, uncivilised locals.
  • In a nutshell:The outskirts of Earth.
  • Last visit to Nuuk: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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