Have you ever been curious to know what it’s like to live in Greenland? In this post I am going to give you some interesting information about the living conditions that the Greenlanders have to face and the occasional recommendation in case you are going to travel to the island.
A Complete Guide on how to Live in Greenland
Are you going to immigrate to Greenland?
Before migrating to Greenland you should know that here the whole earth is communal, there is no right to it. There are also no roads that connect 2 urban centers; to go from one place to another you will have to go by boat, plane or in a dog sled.
Although it is an enormous island in extension (it surpasses the 2,000 million square kilometers of surface) it only has 56,000 inhabitants, since 85% of the surface of the island is covered by a layer of ice. The most populated city is precisely the capital, Nuuk, which has 16,000 residents. The mosquitoes here have a lot of voracity and a larger size than usual, so an essential tool to survive in Greenland are the anti-mosquito nets; you can find them in any store.
Greenland’s climate is very difficult to bear, because temperatures in winter range between -5 ° C and -30 ° C . In summer the thermometers will give you a little respite, but even so it is difficult for the temperatures to exceed 15º C. Even though the winters are extremely cold and dark, they have an incomparable beauty.
The Greenlanders there are days that only see the light a couple of hours and yet other days the sun never sets; Perhaps this is one of the reasons why there are so many suicides here. Greenland is the place with the highest suicide rate in the world, with 83 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants, well ahead of its direct competitors Lithuania and South Korea.
A very widespread hoax is that the government pays you for living in Greenland. Yes there are several places in the world where you get paid for the simple fact of residing there (like Alaska) but this island is not the case.
The main barrier you will have when living in Greenland is the language. Kalaallisut is spoken here, an extremely difficult language to learn, so it will be very difficult for you to communicate with the natives.
So … would you recommend me to live in Greenland?
It depends on your lifestyle. As I said many people here suffer from depression, however, other people have a great time. If you are a lover of adventure and activities related to hunting and fishing, I would recommend that you come if only for a season.
For people who are settled in the comforts of big cities it will cost them a lot to fit into life in Greenland. If you want to leave your comfort zone, a week here will come with pearls.