Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Greenland instead of United States, you would:

make 33.9% less money


United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Greenland ($37,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Greenland, the GDP per capita is $37,900.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - GDP Per Capita

live 7.4 years less


United States (79.8 years)
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Greenland (72.4 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Greenland, the average life expectancy is 72.4 years.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - Life Expectancy

consume 57% less electricty


United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Greenland (5,196 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Greenland, that number is 5,196 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - Electricity Consumption

have 15.2% more children


United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Greenland (14.4 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Greenland, that number is 14.4 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - Birth Rate

be 39.1% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Greenland (9.2% of people - 2007 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Greenland, that number is 9.2% of people.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - Poverty Line

be 55.2% more likely to die in your infancy


United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Greenland (9 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Greenland, on the other hand, 9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - Infant Mortality

be 100% more likely to be unemployed


United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Greenland (9.4% of people - 2013 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Greenland, that number is 9.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - Unemployment

see 2.2 times more coastline


United States (19,924 km)
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Greenland (44,087 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Greenland, that number is 44,087 km.
Category: United States vs. Greenland - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


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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.

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