Greenland Risk Assessment Country Guide

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Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark located to the between Iceland and Canada with the bulk of its land mass above the Arctic Circle. While it is the largest island in the world, it also has the smallest population density and one of the smallest capitals in the world. As of 2014, the population was estimated at a mere 58,000, 89% of which is Inuit.

Tourism is a fairly small industry in Greenland, with the number of visitors in 2014 at its lowest in February (3,559 visitors) and peaking in July (13,070 visitors). Grenland has much in the way of icebergs, nature, wilderness, whale watching, northern lights, and dog-sled ice safaris to offer tourists, but not much in the way of urban centers.

The terrain of Greenland is rugged and mountainous with the Greenland Ice Sheet covering the majority of its land mass, especially in its winter months.

Greenland’s threat level for terrorism is low.

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While its mother country, Denmark, has sufficient medical facilities, Greenland’s healthcare system is limited. If medical emergencies occur during travel, including serious injuries and illnesses, evacuation may be required.

Due to the scarcity of medical facilities and the harshness of the climate, the greatest risk in Greenland is injuries sustained while exploring the wilderness.

Travelers should receive routine vaccinations before traveling to Greenland. Seek the advice of a healthcare professional regarding extra vaccinations for Hepatitis A/B and rabies. 

Clements Worldwide offers a GlobalCare® expatriate health insurance policy that provides health care while you are outside of your home country. Policies include USD 5 million in health care benefits, and family members overseas will also be covered. You will have flexible payment plans, choice of deductible as well as full coverage for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. 

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Greenland.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

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Driving in Greenland can be difficult due to the cold weather and the Greenland Ice Sheet. There are short roads in towns, but travel from one town to another requires passage by sea or air. Travelers should take extra precaution and use snow tires and four-wheel drive if available. 

If you are planning on driving in Greenland, consider purchasing international car insurance with borderless coverage. Clements offers Overseas Car insurance, which includes Physical Damage, Third Party Liability, and Excess Liability coverage. With flexible deductible options and fast claims processing as well as borderless coverage, your policy will provide coverage for your vehicle fleet whether it’s on the road, parked or transported abroad.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Greenland.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

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Greenland, while a large area, has very few people. Risks for terrorism and kidnapping are very low; however, travelers should be aware of the current global political climate and take precautions.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Greenland.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, U.S. Dept of Sate, and Clements Worldwide 

Contact a Clements Representative for Insurance Solutions