Greenland’s race for modernity

The island's prime minister is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t: leaving the people in their current predicament is not a good choice, but going flat out for modernization doesn’t feel like such a good option either.

Wikimedia Photo: Oliver Schauf
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, pictured in 2007.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 01/29/2014 10:59 pm EST

Greenland has the highest suicide rate in the world: one in five Greenlanders tries to commit suicide at some point in their lives. Everybody in Greenland (all 56,000 of them) knows this. In fact, everybody knows quite a few people who have tried to commit suicide, and one or two who succeeded. So it is really a good idea to subject this population to an experiment in high-speed cultural and economic change?

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