Comparing United States to Greenland

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If you moved to Greenland from the United States, you would:


MAKE 27.3% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Greenland  GREENLAND ($38,400.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Greenland, that number is $38,400.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Greenland GDP

LIVE 7.7 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Greenland  GREENLAND (71.82 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Greenland, the average life expectancy is 71.82.
Category: United States vs. Greenland life expectancy

CONSUME 60.3% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Greenland  GREENLAND (4,833 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Greenland, it is 4,833 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Greenland electricity consumption

BE 52.7% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Greenland  GREENLAND (9.42 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Greenland, on the other hand, there are a total of 9.42 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Greenland infant mortality

BE 28.8% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Greenland  GREENLAND (9.4% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Greenland 9.4% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Greenland unemployment rate

HAVE 8.3% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Greenland  GREENLAND (14.53 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Greenland, however, there are a total of 14.53 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Greenland birth rate

BE 39.1% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Greenland  GREENLAND (9.2% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Greenland, 9.2% are.
Category: United States vs. Greenland poverty

SEE A 121.3% INCREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Greenland  GREENLAND (44,087km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Greenland has a total of 44,087 km.
Category: United States vs. Greenland coastline

At a Glance: Greenland

  • Land Area: ~2 million sq km (United States is ~5 times bigger than Greenland)
  • Population: ~58 thousand people (319 million more people live in United States)

How big is Greenland compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Greenland (2,166,086 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Greenland

Greenland is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 2,166,086 sq km. Greenland, the world's largest island, is about 81% ice-capped. Vikings reached the island in the 10th century from Iceland; Danish colonization began in the 18th century, and Greenland was made an integral part of Denmark in 1953. It joined the European Community (now the EU) with Denmark in 1973 but withdrew in 1985 over a dispute centered on stringent fishing quotas. Greenland was granted self-government in 1979 by the Danish parliament; the law went into effect the following year. Greenland voted in favor of increased self-rule in November 2008 and acquired greater responsibility for internal affairs when the Act on Greenland Self-Government was signed into law in June 2009. Denmark, however, continues to exercise control over several policy areas on behalf of Greenland including foreign affairs, security, and financial policy in consultation with Greenland's Self-Rule Government.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).