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Independence for Greenland?

Der Spiegel‘s Manfred Ertel thinks it’s not out of the question: Fishing, mostly of halibut, cod and crabs, is Greenland’s main source of revenue. Without generous subsidies from Copenhagen, the government of the former colony would have gone bankrupt long ago. The Danish government injects 3.2 billion Danish kroner (€430 million, or $550 million) into ...

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Der Spiegel‘s Manfred Ertel thinks it’s not out of the question:

Fishing, mostly of halibut, cod and crabs, is Greenland’s main source of revenue. Without generous subsidies from Copenhagen, the government of the former colony would have gone bankrupt long ago. The Danish government injects 3.2 billion Danish kroner (€430 million, or $550 million) into its Arctic outpost each year, or about 50 percent of the budget.

But for how much longer? On Nov. 25, Greenlanders will decide in a referendum whether the current system of self-administration in health care, education, culture and fishery should be followed by economic and foreign policy autonomy, and eventually by complete independence. After the referendum, the decision will be up to the parliaments in Nuuk and Copenhagen. Island residents are extremely optimistic.

Photo: Uriel Sinai

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