Sisimiut Needs A Hero?
For the past few years, the political agenda and overall buzz on Greenland have been mostly concerned with the nation’s raw materials: minerals and oil. However, because it has turned out that the extraction of these raw materials is going to be a lot more difficult and expensive than first expected, the discussions about it has died down for a while.
Greenland is now once again faced with the challenge of figuring out how the country’s economy is going to function in the future. Industrial fishing is still by far the nation’s largest industry and source of income, but this industry has a bleak future it seems, in part due to climate change.
Therefore, focus has returned to what a lot of Greenland’s population believe is the nation’s most important raw material, namely the people of Greenland. Education and welfare have now become the big topics of discussion in the gigantic country with only 56.000 inhabitants. Sisimiut, which is located on the west coast of Greenland, almost 200 miles North of the capital, Nuuk, is the nation’s fastest growing city, economically speaking. Sisimiut’s high school and Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum attract a lot of young people from the neighbouring towns and villages. These young people are going to be part of defining the future of Greenland, and help answer the question of where the large nation is going.