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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

By March 28th, 2022, 11010 infected persons and 20 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 11,010 infected people represent 19.53% of the country's total population.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Greenland results in a mortality rate of 0.18%. It should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

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

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
12/2022351
11/2022410
10/2022850
09/2022851
08/20221447
07/20221535
06/20223510
05/20223701
04/20228842
03/20221,7981

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height173 cm161 cm
BMI26.126.7
Weight78.5 kg69.5 kg

Diseases

GreenlandØ worldwide
Diabetes *2.10%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.15%0.13%

* 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%.

Sources

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).

Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: LIfe expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 123 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?