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Kangerlussuak, Greenland

Well, this is an odd one. My brother in law Keith sent me this email and picture in August 2019:

There are 2 golf courses in Greenland, a proper 9 hole course in Nuuk, the capital (pop 18000) and this one made in the 1950s for bored US servicemen at a now disused air base in a remote spot called Kangerlussuak. They really must have been desperate, cabin fever was, I guess, a problem. It is still maintained, sort of and membership fees are unclear.

Not a great photo, taken through a bus window on the way to K. airport which is now an occasionally used civilian airfield and we used for our flight back to Denmark.

Donald Trump has seen a gap in the market here, he’s shrewder than he looks, must be surely?



Nice fairways and greens…

Nice fairways and greens…

His reference to the Trumpster is because this week he announced his intent to buy Greenland. All of it, not just the golf course. Here’s the BBC’s take on this:

Donald Trump and Greenland: Why would he want to buy it?

  • 21 August 2019

Bad news Denmark, President Donald Trump won't be coming to visit in September, as planned.

Why? Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said she won't sell him Greenland - a massive island territory.

"Essentially it's a large real estate deal," he said on Sunday, but Denmark was having none of it.

Ms Frederiksen said the suggestion was "absurd" and a spokesperson for the Danish People's Party said this was "final proof he has gone mad."

So why would Donald Trump want to buy a territory that belongs to another country?

Oil. Lots of oil and gas

Greenland is part of the Arctic and it's estimated that 13% of the world's undiscovered oil reserves and 30% of its undiscovered gas lies under the Arctic.

And President Trump is a fan of fossil fuels.

In March 2017 he signed an executive order for every part of the US to loosen their rules on fossil fuels so that more could be mined, drilled for and used in America.

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionPresident Trump rolled back rules set by Barack Obama aimed at curbing climate change

He doesn't believe climate change is a threat, and pulled the US out of the Paris Accord in 2017.

There is also believed to be vast mineral resources underground in Greenland, with mining opportunities for coal, zinc, copper and iron ore - among others.

Millions of kilometres of prime real estate

Donald Trump loves building properties - and there's plenty of space in Greenland - it's the least densely populated country in the world.

There are approximately 56,500 people living in Greenland, and it's 2.1 million kilometres square.

For comparison, the UK has 67.5 million people, even though it's nearly nine times smaller in terms of land mass.

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionMany people living in Greenland are of inuit descent

Oh, but there's a stumbling block in case there were any plans for a Trump Tower in Greenland - 75% of Greenland is covered in a permanent ice sheet.

That could make building work tricky.

And that’s another bizarre story of this Administration.

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