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Lasse Bak Mejlvang | Tomorrow Management
The political agenda and overall buzz in Greenland have for the past few years mostly concerned the nation’s minerals, oil, and other natural resources. However, the momentum fueling such interests has died down for a while, as it turned out that the extraction of raw materials would be a great deal harder and more expensive than first expected.
Greenland is now once again confronted with the challenge of figuring out how the country’s economy will function in the future. Industrial fishing is still by far the nation’s largest industry and source of income; but this field seems to face a bleak future as well, in part due to climate change.
Therefore, focus has returned to what a lot of Greenlanders believe to be the nation’s most important natural resource – Greenland’s own population. Education and welfare have become the major topics of discussion on the gigantic island with only 56,000 inhabitants. Sisimiut, which is located on the west coast of Greenland, almost 200 miles North of the capital Nuuk, is economically the nation’s fastest growing city. Sisimiut’s high school and School of Raw Materials attract many young people from the neighboring towns and villages. These young people are some of those who will define the future of Greenland and must answer the question of where the nation is going.