When we talk about Denmark, we normally refer to Jutland, Zealand, Funen and the islands scattered around the Danish waters. Yet the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic and Greenland, which is part of the North American continent, also belong to Denmark but have autonomous self-rule.
Culturally and linguistically speaking, the northern and the southern parts of the kingdom are very different.
The Faroes comprise of 18 islands, separated by narrow sounds and fiords, located in the northern Atlantic, almost midway between Norway, Iceland and Scotland. The capital is called Tórshavn and the total land mass is 1,399 square kilometres.
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Greenland is part of the North American continent. It is the world’s largest island, with a total area of around 2.2 million square kilometres, yet only approx. 410,000 square kilometres are not covered by ice. The northernmost point of the Island, Cape Morris Jesup, is just 740 kilometres from the North Pole.
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