Where Are All The Greenlanders?

The little man who lives in my phone was busy last night as I woke up to discover my WordPress app had changed. Some might argue it was just a standard upgrade but I know better. It was the little man in my phone, right? Anyway the app now had lots of snazzy changes for me to oooh and aaah over on the commute to work. Much to the chagrin of my fellow commuters.

The most exciting was a map of the world showing where all our followers come from. Apparently we are big in Alaska which pleased me no end as an Alaskan cruise is my dream holiday. So, if the Alaskan Tourism Board would like to sponsor the blog from this time onwards, then I’m open to conversation. Your people can speak to my people, and by my people I mean, Fionnuala.

It was no surprise that the majority of our followers are based in Europe and North America; and encouraging to see we are also read in Asia, Africa and Australasia. It’s mind blowing to think of these words being read around the globe; mind blowing and humbling. I have no idea why people continue to be interested in my posts. Probably because it’s every day and it’s free, but I’m grateful nonetheless.

I’m an eternal pessimist, however. I’m a glass half empty kind of guy, forever obsessing on the one job I didn’t do well as opposed to the 99 other tasks I nailed. So, my attention was naturally drawn to the grey areas on the map, the parts of the world where fracturedfaithblog has yet to land. I viewed them glumly as opposed to with any great evangelical zeal. I’ll save the latter for all those missionary types.

The one that caught my eye, probably due to its size more than anything else, was Greenland. Who knew Greenland was so big? I mean, massive big. I must admit, Greenland is a country that has never registered much with me. When I was a child, I thought Santa lived there. Or was that the North Pole? Hmmmm, now I think about it, did my eight year old self think they were the same place?

I vaguely recall reading a novel last year that fleetingly referred to Greenland. All I can recollect is fishing vessels, and Denmark used to own it. Or was it Norway? Something to do with the Vikings? Those Norsemen got everywhere, but I imagine they were a bit disappointed when they reached Greenland. I mean, there doesn’t seem to be much to do there, pillaging wise. Which is probably why they kept going to Newfoundland.

I’ll readily admit my knowledge levels on all matters Greenland are low. So, as I’m too lazy to ask my good friend Google, I thought I’d ask the good people of WordPress for assistance. That’s you, by the way. I need your help. Tell me everything you know about the place. Here’s the catch, though. Don’t research it. Just tell me what’s in your noggin. Now! It doesn’t have to be factually accurate, in fact the more random and made up the better.

If you know somebody from Greenland, then most definitely let me know. They may have relatives and we could have our first Greenland hit on the blog. They must have wifi, it’s not all fishing and trying to keep warm. I’m expecting big things from the Canadians on this one. You’re always banging on about how much more knowledgeable you are than your southern neighbours, so how’s your big chance.

Tell me everything you know about Greenland.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

49 thoughts on “Where Are All The Greenlanders?

  1. Iโ€™m afraid Iโ€™m in the same boat. I know nothing about Greenland. Maybe itโ€™s like a secret government location? All info about Greenland is classified? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ


  2. Without cheating, I only know that Greenland has a lot of space without much population. Also there is a land mass there, unlike at what used to be the North Pole.


  3. Like you I have no knowledge of Greenland – not even how it got to be called Greenland, when most of the time it must be white – surely? (I’ll have to check that one later). However I do know somebody who went there once for a ski touring/mountaineering ‘holiday’. I bet he could tell you one or two things. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. I have a vague memory that it was called Greenland as a trick (not green, haha). And then Iceland was called Iceland as a trick (actually pretty green over there). Probably one of those urban legends though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I have heard the same as you, lifewithesther15. The Vikings “discovered” both (and some–Irish, I think–monks may have discovered Iceland even before that–there’s a pretty funny legend about them arriving just as one of its volcanos was erupting, and thinking they had arrived in Hell), but Greenland was a wasteland of tundra with very little real vegetation–quite desolate. And Iceland at the time (it’s much less full of trees now, though they’re trying to reforest) was tree-filled, and in any case very beautiful. So in order to throw other potential discoverers/rivals off the track, they named the wasteland as something lovely and fertile-sounding, and Iceland as the opposite.

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      1. You’re welcome. American author Frederick Buechner wrote a wonderful novel about those monks, by the way: Brendan. I don’t know you well enough to say for sure, but you might enjoy it.

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  6. I know it is the most sparely populated country, and it’s actually only roughly 1/4 the size of Australia but map distortions cause it to look massive.

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  7. Little known fact about Greenland. It was discovered by Eric the Red, who decided to name it after himself (Redland) in order to show his wife who was in charge. She, was naturally, completely peeved with his choice, but sweetly challenged him to games of chance for the “right” to name what they had found. As the night wore in, he got sloppy and silly in his bets, and lost it all on one final roll of the dice. She named the land “Greenland” (the opposite of red) to remind him to treat your spouse as an equal.

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  8. Greenland is โ€˜whiteโ€™ (colder, lots of snowy parts), and Iceland is โ€˜greenโ€™ (nicer, more normal, weather). Greenland, not a huge population, given its land mass. Thatโ€™s all I got, without looking. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  9. I used to know someone from Greenland… an AFS exchange student from there came to my high school, but that was years ago. And sad to say, he is no longer living, so I can’t make any referrals. He was of a native Greenlander tribe (although I cannot remember the name of it) not the descendant of the Danes who came and took over. I remember him telling us that it was named Greenland to try to lure settlers there, but it didn’t work out so well.

    I am sure I used to know the capitol city, but I don’t even know that any more. Sorry I am little help in educating you. Have fun trying to get to know someone from Greenland!

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  10. So without google to help I went to the next best reliable source – facebook 1. ‘Apparently it snows and has ice. And Iceland is green’ this info may have come from a movie….Mighty Ducks 2. 2. Anthropogenic Climate change is causing record high temperatures there resulting in massive ice melts. 3. It’s flag is red and white. You are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. I know zilch about greenland! Except, I always thought it was a small country? I am now wondering though if I’ve ever gotten a hit on my blog from there. ๐Ÿ˜›


  12. Cool that you are calling out to Greenlanders. Iโ€™ve never had a visit from anyone from there. Iโ€™ve flown over Greenland a few times, it looked cold and beautiful, but I am hoping you do get a reply from anyone who lives there. Hopefully theyโ€™ll visit my site as well!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป


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