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30+ Interesting Facts About Greenland

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Along with Antarctica, Greenland is the only ice sheet area on earth. Ice sheets are areas permanently covered by ice with a size of more than 50,000 km 2 .  Greenland is also the world’s largest island by area. It covers an area of more than 2 million km 2 . More than 80% area of Greenland is covered by permanent ice .  The ice sheet on Greenland contains  10% of the freshwater reserves  on earth . ( Source ) According to research, the Greenlandic ice sheet is more than  400,000 years old . ( Source ) The Greenland ice sheet is melting at around 240 cubic km per year. The complete melting of Greenlandic ice will cause the sea level to rise by more than 7 meters (23 feet). Despite being one of the world’s largest countries by area, the population of Greenland is just over 55,000. Its population density (around 0.03 people per square km 2 ) is the lowest in the world. ( Source ) Greenland has the  highest suicide rate in the world. The annual suicide rate in Greenland is