The world's largest non-continental island, about 84% ice-capped, Greenland was granted self-government in 1978 by the Danish parliament. The law went into effect the following year. Denmark continues to exercise control of Greenland's foreign affairs.
Surface Area: 2,166,086 square km
Population: 56,384 (July 2004 est.)
Located in: Northern North America
Capital City: Nuuk (Godthab)
Head of State: MARGRETHE II of Denmark, represented by High Commissioner Gunnar MARTENS
Prime Minister: Hans ENOKSEN
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)