The Quest for Resources – the Case of Greenland

Bent Ole Gram Mortensen


There is nothing new about there being major political interest in the Arctic region. The lessons of the Cold War tell their clear tale of this. However in recent years new elements have emerged. The possibility of shipping sailing through the Northwest Passage and the Northeast Passage is one of these elements. Another element is the presence of natural resources in the Arctic region. Greenland’s resources can be seen as a desirable prize in the international competition for access to resources. However, for Greenland its resources are primarily a means for achieving increased independence and welfare, and it this element that is the topic of this article which is based on an assessment of the special conditions in Greenland.

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