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Greenland, Kalaallit Nunaat in Greenlandic and the largest island in the world, was populated through several waves of immigration (the first c. 2500 bce), and on Jan 1, 2007, it had 56,648 inhabitants, of whom 90% lived on the southern part of the west coast. In the 10th century Icelanders colonized some regions in the south, but by the end of the 16th century this colony had ceased to exist. From the 18th century until 1953 Greenland was a Danish colony. Since 1979 the island has been autonomous within Denmark. The official languages are Greenlandic (kalaallit oqaasii) and…

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Rydving, Håkan, “Greenland”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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