Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Newest Country: Coolest Country?

Yesterday, Greenland voted in favor of independence from Denmark. While the new status will not take effect until June 21, let us take a moment to welcome them to the family of nations. Also, we must acknowledge that they have one of the coolest flags!

Known as Kalaallit Nunaat in the local Inuit language, the new nation will be able to control the vast and lucrative untapped Arctic resources. With global warming, it may be easier to access petroleum products, as well as gold, rubies, uranium, aluminum, nickel, platinum, tungsten, titanium, and copper. Does this make Greenland the only nation that is in favor or global warming? Perhaps greater tourism is in their future. Greenland: the new Riviera of 2078?

Meanwhile, it's still pretty cold there. I would presume that Greenland is the coldest nation, north to south... someone will correct me if I am wrong.

UPDATE: OK, I stand corrected. They only voted for greater autonomy. It sounds like they will be able to act like a separate country in nearly every way...

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At Wednesday, November 26, 2008 , Blogger Orange said...

Things my kid learned this month about Greenland: All the towns are on the coast, and there are something like two roads connecting towns (as in a grand total of two highway-type roads in the whole country). The way to travel from town to town is by dog sled—but with global warming melting sea ice and snow pack, that's becoming impossible. Although in a country with something like 55,000 people, this is maybe not as big a problem as it sounds.

At Wednesday, November 26, 2008 , Anonymous Babbler said...

The title of the article is misleading - the vote was for greater self-rule ("It will also take control of police, courts and coast guard, and have some say in foreign policy." -- BBC News article )

At Wednesday, November 26, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Well... their getting there... thanks for the link.

At Wednesday, November 26, 2008 , Blogger Rex Parker said...

That flag is, ironically, about the hottest flag I've seen on a country. Fantastic. If I had a flag of Me, I would want it to look like that.


At Wednesday, November 26, 2008 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Aww... I was getting all excited until I saw the update.

At Wednesday, December 17, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've been moving slowly towards independence for quite a long time. Some people have described them as the teenager who refuses to leave home.

At Wednesday, December 17, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Perhaps Denmark needs to practice some "tough love". Kick them out of the house and change the locks... :-)


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