Why is an ice covered country named ‘Greenland’?!

| Linda Brown | Word & Idioms

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According to the sagas, Erik the Red was a Viking that was banished from Iceland for committing murder. During his three years in exile, he sailed west, found an ice-covered island, and named it Greenland in hope that the pleasant name would attract settlers.

I guess this makes it the first fake news!

Bonus Fact 1: Erik’s father, Thorvald Asvaldsson, was banished from Norway for – you’ve guessed it – committing murder. He sailed west and settled northwestern Iceland.

Bonus Fact 2: Eric’s son, Leif Erikson, followed his father’s footsteps. No, he did not kill anyone, but he did sail west and discovered what is now known as ‘North America’. He called it ‘Vinland’, meaning the land of wine. 

Mind you, this happened some 500 years before Columbus (!) which makes him the first European to set foot in the Americas.  

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And for all of Greenland-enthusiasts, here is some more:

Greenland is a large island in the North Atlantic. It is a Danish territory and under the sovereignty of Queen Margaret II, but enjoys broad self-rule and autonomy. 

Within a few generations, the biology of Viking immigrants to Greenland adapted to conditions on the island. They became shorter and with higher levels of fat tissue that helps them cope with the intense cold prevailing on the island.

Five centuries after Erik the Red commenced the colonization of Greenland, all its inhabitants either died or left the island. This is likely to be the result of famine that prevailed during the fifteenth century, in the so-called ‘little ice age’. Human bone surgery from this period shows high compatibility with malnutrition.

In August 2019, US President Donald Trump offered to purchase the island, but was rejected by the Prime Minister of Greenland and even by the Danish government. Despite this, Trump asked his advisers to look into it and announced that he would discuss the issue with the Danish administration.

And for all of Greenland-enthusiasts, here is some more:

Greenland is a large island in the North Atlantic. It is a Danish territory and under the sovereignty of Queen Margaret II, but enjoys broad self-rule and autonomy. 

Within a few generations, the biology of Viking immigrants to Greenland adapted to conditions on the island. They became shorter and with higher levels of fat tissue that helps them cope with the intense cold prevailing on the island.

Five centuries after Erik the Red commenced the colonization of Greenland, all its inhabitants either died or left the island. This is likely to be the result of famine that prevailed during the fifteenth century, in the so-called ‘little ice age’. Human bone surgery from this period shows high compatibility with malnutrition.

In August 2019, US President Donald Trump offered to purchase the island, but was rejected by the Prime Minister of Greenland and even by the Danish government. Despite this, Trump asked his advisers to look into it and announced that he would discuss the issue with the Danish administration.