Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Île Hans Ø
But the borrrder stops between positions 122 and 123 because of the dispute. The Hans Island story just recently surfaced on the blogosphere [Metafilter to be precise] , with a certain amount of hilarity at the idea that Denmark and Canada - two of the most civilised nations on the planet - might go to war over 1.3sq.km of uninhabited rock. Periodically, one of other country will have a ship passing by and a landing-party will go ashore to raise an appropriate flag. In 1984, the Danes came ashore and left a bottle of brandy and a note saying "Velkommen til den danske ø". The Canadians replaced the brandy with some Canadian Club. That's all good fun, eh? But some commentators have pointed out that the Russian bear is getting as pushy in the Arctic as the PRC is over the Spratlys. So these two countries might be advised to settle the niggling pea, so that they agree on policy towards the bear. Of course, both countries have other important issues to occupy the attention of their diplomats: refugees, for starters. I don't think anyone has suggested that a colony of Syrian physicians could be settled on the island as ice farmers.
Crowd sourcing democracy suggests that the Dane Have It. If I google "Hans Island is Danish" I get substantially more hits than for "Hans Island is Canadian". YMMV, if you're googling from København you may get a different answer from your cousin in Montreal. But my answer is the same regardless of the language: Île Island Ø.