Danish officials on Friday confirmed that the island of Greenland is ‘not for sale’ after President Trump expressed interest in purchasing it.
“Greenland is not for sale, but Greenland is open for trade and cooperation with other countries, including the USA,” said Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen.
In the past, interest in controlling Greenland has been related to its strategic location and to its natural resources. The United States has sought to access these resources in the past – so has Canada, Russia, Norway, and China.
“Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy, and is a new frontier for adventure tourism,” said the state’s foreign ministry. “We’re open for business, not for sale.”
Greenland is an autonomous Danish territory located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The territory has a population of 56,000 and is about one-fourth the size of the United States.
Nearly 80% of the island is covered with ice.
The United States established a military presence in Greenland during the Cold War and built the Thule Air Base on the island in 1943. In 1968, a B-52 bomber carrying nuclear weapons crashed near the base and released radioactive contamination.
Instead of purchasing the island, perhaps Trump could start paying rent for the Thule base, suggested Danish politician Christian Juhl: “Trump can instead to pay rent for the Thule base, which until now has been made available to the US for free.”
Could Trump actually purchase Greenland?
While it is possible for a government to purchase a territory, such a deal would require consent from the US, Denmark, and Greenland’s citizens.
“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” said Danish politician Soren Espersen. “The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.”
The US offered to buy Greenland for $100 million after WWII, but Denmark refused. By CIA estimates, Greenland is now worth about $2.4 billion.
President Trump plans to meet with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during his first formal visit to Denmark next month, but the visit is unrelated to his interest in Greenland.
Author’s Note: Aside from its resources, I can’t imagine what Trump wants with an island that is mostly covered with ice. Maybe he wants to build a ski resort there. Maybe the government has aliens from a cold planet and needs a place to put them. Maybe the island is already inhabited by aliens.
I don’t know why Trump wants to buy Greenland, but if there’s one thing I do know, it’s that Trump knows real estate!