Public health and Covid-19 in Greenland

Healthcare in Greenland

Healthcare in Greenland is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Greenland is 69.6 years for men and 73.3 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 1.4 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Greenland

Current incidence in the week ending 10/07/2022: 22.9 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until October 7th, 2022, a total of 122 infected people , but no deaths have been reported in Greenland.

The total of 122 infected people currently represents 0.22% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding October 7th, 2022, was 13, for a 7-day incidence of 22.9 cases per 100,000 population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 79,745 vaccine doses have been administered as of March 7th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 41,243 people have received at least one vaccination (72.7%).

38,502 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Greenland (= 67.8%).
This means that Greenland is only in the middle of the field in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 90 countries.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height173 cm161 cm
Weight78.5 kg69.5 kg


GreenlandØ worldwide
Diabetes *2.10%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in GreenlandThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Greenland is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 14.4 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 64 physicians in Greenland, there are about 1.14 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Supply with drinking water

About 97 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 100% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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