As of now, the entire population of Greenland (the largest island in the world) is only large enough to fill up about half of Michigan Stadium (the largest stadium in the United States). This is bound to change over the next several years, however, because global interest in the area has grown with the shrinking of Arctic sea ice. As the New York Times reports, “the world’s superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands” due to the abundance of natural resources and new shipping routes.
Long story short: global warming is gonna push the population north, and more likely than not it’s going to pool in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.
Not a lot of people are familiar with Nuuk, which is probably because few people who live outside Greendland have actually been for a visit. But if the small town is really expecting a population boom, a burst in tourism is sure to follow, so you should acquaint yourself now.
Enjoy this somewhat educational video about Nuuk (mostly just about Nuuk’s ample sealskin stash, but still) and try to get past the fact that the guy dubbing it into English screams with the enthusiasm of Randall the honey badger guy:
image via boegh