Greenland 2007

Yearbook 2007

Greenland. The self-government government, the National Board, was dissolved in the spring after conflict within the coalition on the important shrimp fishery. The left-wing party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) was forced to leave the tripartite cooperation, but the Social Democratic Siumut and Atassut bourgeois continued in a new coalition. Hans Enoksen (s) remained as Chairman of the National Board.

In May, a ban was imposed on the sale and dispensing of alcohol in the city of Qaanaaq (Thule) in northern Greenland after a report of how the children there lived in misery due to the severe abuse of the adults. In another report during the year, 9 percent of all Greenlandic children live in so-called relative poverty, which means that they suffer from a shortage of life’s emergency needs such as food and clothing.

The first comprehensive study conducted during the year showed that over 30 billion barrels of oil and gas are likely to be hidden under the Greenlandic shelf. This corresponds to a value of thousands of billions. The Danish state-owned DONG Energy and the international oil companies Exxon and Chevron will search for oil outside Ilulissat (Jakobshavn) in West Greenland for the next decade.

The question of how any oil revenues should be distributed created great disagreement in the Danish-Greenlandic Commission, which in the autumn would present a proposal for expanded self-government on Greenland. A compromise proposal that was discussed was that Greenland should receive all income from the oil in Greenland but that the Danish the financial contribution to Greenland will then be counted down by the corresponding amount. Denmark contributes DKK 3.2 billion annually to Greenland’s public budget. Before the Commission could agree and submit its proposal, a new election was announced to the Danish Parliament. The presentation of the report was thus postponed.

In October, new research findings from the Technical University of Denmark were presented which showed that the inland ice at Greenland melts much faster than the researchers hitherto believed. Prior to 2004, the net melting of glaciers in South Greenland was between 50 and 100 cubic kilometers per year. Now, the melting is at about 300 cubic kilometers per year, according to the researchers, who believe that this could lead to the world ocean rising by more than 60 centimeters by 2100.

At the same time, a report from the World Nature Fund showed that Greenland can at least in the short term make big economic gains on climate warming. As the sea ice melts, the opportunities for oil recovery, mining and international shipping increase. Inland ice melting also provides good conditions for hydropower. When the seawater is heated, the cod is also expected to come in from the south and provide a boost for fishing. But the ancient catch and hunter culture is threatened. If the sea ice disappears, the seals can also disappear and with them both polar bears and human hunters.

In the election to the Danish Parliament in November, the two Greenlandic mandates went to the young candidate Juliane Henningsen from IA and to Siumut’s veteran politician Lars Emil Johansen.

Greenland weather in March, April and May

Average daily temperatures between -5 ° C and 4 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Nuuk, May is still the mildest, while March is noticeably colder.

Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May -1 to 0 ° C. So the weather is not suitable for swimming.

In March, at about 10 days can be expected precipitation in April at about 9 days in May at about 9 days.

In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 5 to 6 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in April in Nuuk, with a little less sun you will have to get by in March.