Greenland National Anthem

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Anthem History

"Nunarput utoqqarsuanngoravit" (You Our Ancient Land) is the national anthem of Greenland, a dependency of Denmark. The anthem was adopted in 1916, written by Henrik Lund (words) and Jonathan Petersen (music) created the anthem. Since 1979 "Nuna asiilasooq" (The Land of Great Length) is also officially recognised as a national anthem, which is used by the self-governing Inuit people.

Anthem Lyrics

Nunarput utoqqarsuanngoravit


Nunarput, utoqqarsuanngoravit niaqqut ulissimavoqq qiinik.

Qitornatit kissumiaannarpatit tunillugit sineriavit piinik.

Akullequtaastut merletutut ilinni perotugut tamaani

kalaallinik imminik taajumavugut niaqquit ataqqinartup saani.

Atortillugillu tamaasa pisit ingerlaniarusuleqaagut,

nutarterlugillu noqitsigisatit siumut, siumut piumaqaagut.

Inersimalersut ingerlanerat tungaalitsiterusuleqaarput,

oqaatsit "aviisit" qanoq kingunerat atussasoq erinigileqaarput.

Taqilluni naami atunngiveqaaq, kalaallit siumut makigitsi.

Inuttut inuuneq pigiuminaqaaq, saperasi isumaqaleritsi.

Anthem Lyrics English

Our country, which has become so old your head is all covered with white hair.

Always held us, your children, in your bosom and gave us the riches of your coasts.

As middle children in the family we blossomed here Kalaallit,

we want to call ourselves before your proud and honourable head.

With a burning desire to develop what you have to give, renewing,

removing your obstacles of our desire to move forward, forward.

The way of matured societies is our zealous goal to attain;

the effect of speech and letters we long to behold.

Humbleness is not the course, Kalaallit wake up and be proud!

A dignified life is our goal; couragously take a stand.

Greenland Flag

Greenland Flag

Flag History The colors come for the flag of Denmark. Thw white stands for the ice covering 83% of the island and the red and white disc symbolize the northern sun with its lower half sunk in the sea.
Flag Date of Adoption 21 June 1985
Flag Symbolism two equal horizontal bands of white (top) and red with a large disk slightly to the hoist side of center - the top half of the disk is red, the bottom half is white

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