What Country Does Greenland Belong To?

As of 2014, the island of Greenland is a part of Denmark and has been since 1953. Greenland has been largely self-governing since 1979, but Denmark oversees some aspects of government, such as international affairs and security.

Some other islands of Denmark include Fyn, Bornholm and Sjaelland, which are all smaller than Greenland. Greenland comprises an area of close to 840,000 square miles, and it is located in the northern part of North America. The Arctic Ocean lies to the north, and the North Atlantic Ocean is to the south. Baitlin Bay and Davis Strait are along Greenland’s west coast, and the Greenland Sea and Denmark Strait border the island on the east. Greenland has approximately 27,400 miles of coastline.