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Greenland: Greenland (to Denmark)
Capital: Nuuk (Godthab)
Population: 56,376
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
Languages: Greenlandic (East Inuit), Danish, English
Religions: Evangelical Lutheran
Borders: 0 km

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION ^
Greenland is a self-governing dependency of Denmark. Detailed information on Denmark is available at the Danish government�s official website at www.denmark.dk.

CRIME ^
Greenland has a relatively low crime rate.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES ^
While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protection available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Denmark�s laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs in Denmark are strict and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

MEDICAL FACILITIES ^
In Greenland, medical facilities are limited and evacuation is required for serious illness or injury. Although emergency medical treatment is free of charge, the patient is charged for follow-up care.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS ^
While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Denmark is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Safety of public transportation: Excellent
Urban road conditions/maintenance: Excellent
Rural road conditions/maintenance: Good
Availability of roadside assistance: Good

Use of seat belts is mandatory for drivers and all passengers. Children under three years of age must be secured with approved safety equipment appropriate to the child's age, size, and weight. Children from three to six years of age may use approved child or booster seats instead of seat belts.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered a very serious offense. The rules are stringently enforced, and violations can result in stiff fines and possible jail sentences.

Greenland has no established road system, and domestic travel is performed by foot, boat, or by air.

For specific information concerning Danish driver's permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, contact the Danish Tourist Board in New York at http://www.denmark.org.

In Greenland contact the local police.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT ^
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Denmark's Civil Aviation Authority as Category One -- in compliance with international aviation safety standards for the oversight of Denmark's air carrier operations. This rating applies to Greenland as well.

For further information, travelers may contact the U.S. Department of Transportation at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/index.sfm.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at (618) 229-4801.

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Please also refer to the separate Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

July 21, 2004

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