Tweet From Greenland: 'We're Open for Business, Not for Sale'

By Susan Jones | August 16, 2019 | 10:12am EDT
Zion Lutheran Church, built in 1779, stands on Disko Bay in Ilulissat, Greenland. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

( - Capitalizing on the unexpected publicity coming its way, Greenland officials tweeted on Friday that visitors are welcome:

"Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism. We're open for business, not for sale," the tourism agency said. The tweet linked to Greenland's official trip-planning and tourist website.


The plug to visit Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, follows a report in the Wall Street Journal, complete with a scenic photograph, saying that President Trump has expressed interest in having the U.S. purchase Greenland from Denmark.

According to the report:

The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real-estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the discussion, who said Mr. Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

In meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance and, according to two of the people, has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea.

The Journal noted that U.S. officials view Greenland as "important to American national-security interests," given U.S. missile defense and space command sites on the land mass.

The report also noted Chinese efforts to "gain an economic foothold in Greenland."


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