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Cost of life in Greenland
Posted January 9th, 2012 - 6:21 pm by from Maizieres-les-Metz, France (Permalink)
Hi all,

Well, our plan to move to Greenland for an unknown period might actually work out well :)

We might arrive mid-march in Qeqqata Kommune.

Only thing I'm still pretty wondering about is the cost of life.
I saw that Internet connections is actually be pretty expensive. Would you mind to share with me how much you spend on Internet and for which service?

I'm also, sadly, still a smoker (working on it right now). So, how much does it cost to smoke cigarets?

Concerning the food and water, how much do you have to spend every month as a couple?

All those questions are just to avoid a "What the F***?" reaction once I get there ^^

Thanks a lot for your help,

Clement

Posted January 27th, 2012 - 3:19 pm by from Viborg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi Clement,

Interesting plan! Hope it will work out great, it's always a blast to move to a new place, and you seem to want to get the best out of it.

Anyways, internet is very expensive yes. Do you understand Danish? If not, then maybe you could use google translate for the website of the (only) internet and cell phone/land line connection provider, TELE Greenland:

http://www.tele.gl/da-DK/Privat/Sider/Forside.aspx

I have family, friends and a boyfriend in other parts of the world, so I Skype with them once in a while, at least once a week besides daily mail and facebook checking, and I was using mobile broadband Gold abonnement, but it couldn't pay off for that kind of use. I ended up using between 2 and 3 GB per month, which was above the 2 GB included in the abonnement, and the connection was a bit too unstable for Skype on top.
Now I just changed to ADSL broadband, but that requires a landline connection as well, which is also expensive to create, but the connection is much more stable, and I get more GB for less money, so it pays off for me even for three months use. You can see all prices on the site and reflect on your possible need. A landline also makes it cheaper to call the world.

Smoking will cost you a lot, and the prices might make you want to consider to quit or at least lower the amount.. I don't smoke, but I recall that it's at the other side of 70 kr. per packet (is it 19 or 20 cigs in one packet?). And in the airport of Kangerlussuaq or entering Greenland in general, you are only allowed to buy 2 packets of tax-free cigarettes for 25 kr. each (and no alcohol), so you don't want to miss buying those and make your partner buy them as well. And alchohol is also hell expensive, like triple or more the price of those in Denmark.

Water from the tap usually tastes good, and is better than bottled water. It's soft with a low content of minerals, so soap will give more foam and feel more difficult to get off your skin, and you need less of it, also when washing clothes. There's very rarely problems with water quality, and in case the whole city will get warned quickly.

I can't give an estimate of the monthly living costs for a couple, that depends a lot on where you are and what you eat and do. But expect the prices of vegetables to be double/triple the price in Denmark. And for other food items it's just a little bit more than in Denmark (like when there's sale on some food items here, they seem to reach the price of Danish standard prices when not on sale there). But fish and wild game on the local market is good, and delicious and cheaper than they would be in Denmark.

Look at the "tilbudsavis" on the websites of the two mayor supermarkets in Greenland, that can give you an idea:
http://www.pisiffik.gl/
http://www.brugsen.gl/

Anyways, despite the prices, Greenland is amazing, mostly because of the breathtaking nature and all the outdoor activities you can do out there, and the culture is more relaxed and friendly compared to the stressed and closed Danish culture (I know I'm making it black/white, but exaggeration promotes understanding, and there WILL be a noticeable cultural difference). Greenland tends to grow under your skin. Some hate it and will leave soon because they feel too small and vulnerable for the nature and cannot stand too small communities, others ends up loving it with all the other possibilities it creates, and comes back or even stays for long. Hope that was helpful.

Enjoy!
Parnuna

Posted June 18th, 2012 - 3:48 pm by from Hamburg, Germany (Permalink)
Useful info :)

Posted June 21st, 2012 - 7:28 pm by from Compiegne, France (Permalink)
yeah good info !