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Expat guide to relocating & working in Greenland

Expat guide to relocating & working in Greenland

Living in Greenland 

Literally at the edge of the world, Greenland is the largest non-continental island. Although seen from above, there’s mostly ice, the country has a bustling communities down by coast where the temperatures are warmer than usual. Foreigners normally visit Greenland to see the sights and sounds and the northern lights, not for anything permanent. We’ve compiled a few information that you may need to know.

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Expat Clubs


There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Greenland and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 


There are no international schools in Greenland, many expats send their children to school in nearby Denmark.

Local News in English


Greenland Today
This is an international magazine about Greenland, which since 2007 has been published three times annually in Danish and English, with subscribers in 29 countries. The magazine's new website opened in January 2012 and has so far received visits from 93 countries worldwide.
Website: greenlandtoday.com/?lang=en

Country Information 


Location: North America
Capital City: Nuuk
Other Important Cities:
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
Language: Greenlandic
Calling Code: +299
Internet TLD: .cl
Electricity: The country runs on 220V 50Hz. Electricity is provided by the government owned energy company, Nukissiorfiit.
Address: Postbox 1080, 3900 Nuuk, Greenland
Tel: +299 34 95 00
Fax: +299 34 96 60
Email: kundeservice@nukissiorfiit.gl
Website (Greenlandian): www.nukissiorfiit.gl/
 
Emergency Numbers:
Medical: 112
Fire: 112
Police: 112
 
Country Information
en.wikipedia.org
 
Embassy Information
www.embassyworld.com
Denmark acts as the representative for Greenland.

Embassy Information


embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/greenland

Residents Visa and Work Permit information


Citizens of Denmark may enter and stay in Greenland for no specific duration. This is because Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The same applies to Nordic Passport Union holders and Canadian members of Inuit First Nation.

Visa free entry and 90 day stay is open to EU/EEA citizens, and select countries including the US. For others, they will need a separate visa apart from the Schengen Visa entering Denmark. Applications can be done through Danish embassies or consulates.

Accommodation


Travel to Greenland is not usually for permanent or long-term residence so most information on housing addresses temporary accommodation.

In the major towns, there are hotels available. However any reservation should be made in advance.
There is a network of cabins, which are noted down in maps for tourists. These cabins usually do not charge overnight stays. Similarly, summer cottages can be rented through tourist offices. 

Driving License


Greenland does not have a road system in place. More conventional ways of travelling are dog-sledding, kayaking and hiking.

Healthcare


Medical care is available on the island, and they are generally free. However it is important to have a comprehensive health insurance that can cover extreme cases, including a medical evacuation.
 
Hospital
 
Queen Ingrid's Hospital
Address: Box 1001, Nuuk, 3900, Greenland
Tel: +299 34 4000

 


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