Last year I wrote about some statistics and figures related to the nationalities of Greenland’s residents, and I thought I would do it again with the most recent figures to see if there are any significant changes this year over last. (The short answer is: no).
As of 1 January 2016, 11% of Greenland’s population of 55847 people is foreign born, which equates to a whopping 6021 individuals who hail from 51 different countries. This is literally only just a few handfuls of people more than last year, so the proportion of foreign presence is staying quite stable.
Danes account for the vast, vast majority of internationals in the country (76%). Faroese account for 5%, and Icelanders and Thai, 3% each. Filipinos and Swedes account for 2% each, and all others are 1% or less per nationality, including people from Norway, Germany, USA (39 individuals, or 0.6%), Poland, Other Asia, Other America, Other Africa, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Great Britain, Romania, Canada, China, Oceania, Iran, Holland, Italy, Spain, Pakistan, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Other Europe, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Austria, Lebanon, Belgium, Hungary, Turkey, Ethiopia, Iraq, Japan, Latvia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Ukraine, Morocco, India, and Syria. In that order!
The distribution of internationals around the country is also very stable this year in comparison to last year.
- 62% of internationals live in Nuuk (3733 people, which is actually about 100 people more than last year)
- 7% of internationals live in Sisimiut (414 people, which represents a slight decrease actually)
- 6% of internationals live in Ilulissat (384 people, which is slightly more than last year)
And, it’s still true that no matter where you are in the country, you will always be in the minority compared to Greenland-born residents.
- The 3733 internationals in Nuuk still account for only 22% of Nuuk’s population.
- The 414 internationals in Sisimiut account for 7% of Sisimiut’s population.
- The 384 internationals in Ilulissat account for 8% of Ilulissat’s population.
Think you could hack it is an international in Greenland?
All figures based off of data published by Statistics Greenland on their Statistics Bank.