A. THE COUNTRY
Greenland, Kalallit Nunaat, is physiogeographically a part of the
continent of North America. It is the world’s largest island that is
not a continent and the world’s least densely populated as it is 85%
glacial ice cap. Greenland is an overseas administration of Denmark
with internal self government and with increasing autonomy since 2009.
The economy is based primarily on fishing with substantial support from
the Danish government.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~57,300. Official languages are Inuktitut
(Greenlandic) which has three distinct dialects, and Danish.
~88% are Greenland Inuit, ~8% Danes, ~4% Other.
The culture, so finely tuned to the inhospitable environment, is
devastated by being modern. Results are widespread immorality and
sexual abuse, alcoholism, mental illness and suicide.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Most settlements have a Lutheran church building, because Lutheran was
the state church up until 1953. There is a fairly recent growing
evangelical movement in several denominations – mostly within the New
Life Church/Pentecostal framework (~580 affiliates), although Brethren
and NTM churches also exist. Indigenous Christian believers and form of
church are growing.
~96.56% claim to be Christian, ~21% are Non-religious, ~1.05%
Ethnoreligionist, ~0.09% Baha’i.
Those claiming the Christian category:
~64.59% are Protestants, ~31.19% Unaffiliated, ~0.25% Catholic, ~0.1%
Evangelicals are ~4.7% of the population.
Charismatics are ~3.8% and of hose ~1% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.