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    Posted: 29-Aug-2006 at 11:00
The norse had colonies in iceland and greenland. Are the people who live their today their descendants? Or are they some other ethnic group?
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For Iceland, as far as I know, yes. Iceland cannot support a huge amount of people, and it is not interesting enough to conquer, so after a while immigration stopped and no-one ever bothered to throw them out again.
 
For Greenland, no. The Icelandic settlers there died out. It is not precicely certain why. Theories are climate chance, whcih made growing food harder and harder, disease, or perhaps a war with the native Inuit. The Inuit are not a warlike people, but as my professor put it: having Vikings as your neighbours would make everyone want to kick them out... Smile
 
The reason we dont know for sure is a bit bitter though. Because there are no trees on Greenland, the people were dependant on ships from Norway and Denmark to come to them with supplies. The Danish kings simply ignored them, and did not send the ships. They dissappeared between 1480 and 1500, that is a margin of 20 years from which we know nothing.
 
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It is possible though that some of the last vikings on Greenland mixed with the Inuit. Some explorers in the 16th and 17th centuries reported having seen Inuits with 'Scandinavian characteristics'.

If that is really true, that would be remarkable.

Isn't it better to move this topic to Medieval or Early Modern btw?


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what ethnic group are the people of iceland and greenland today?
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Icelander is inhabited by Islanders, direct descendants of the Vikings. The Icelandic language is the closest to the Old Norse language, which was spoken by the Vikings.

Greenland is inhabited by Inuit and Danes.
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Give iceland back to icelanders, a demand which you will hear today quiete often as a result of the influence, big companies, mostly of the states and big european countries, had get in the last 15 years at icelandic economy.

Iceland, many centuries cutted from the development of other european countries. cause of it's geographical position ,near the end of world, visitors didn't come to this island very constantly. the  settlers, that come from some scandinavian countries and celtic tribes as well, entered the island at the beginning of the 10 Century. for many more centuries the norwegians and later the danish ruled this nation. and if you meet some islanders today, you can obviuosly  imagine what inbreeding realy means. Wink

iceland wasn't very atractive ,so immigration was not so popular for other people, which had developed the heater already. 
the isolation truly stoped at the 1960s and today iceland's immigration rate has risen from 1,5% up to 3,5 nowadays.
the iceladers, that much is true, are feeling like the only worthy offsprings of the viking and there behaviour is sometimes like that.
you can't get a real icelader and viking, if there is no 100% icelandic blood in your veins, even if your are half-breed. 
if you ever visited an icelandic festivity you will know how the vikings get drunk til the absolute losing of their mother-tongue.
to learn the icelandic speach seems to be very difficult at the first view, but there some similaries with some old german dialects.
to live on iceland today, has many amenities, but to live in darkness for about 6 months is not everybodys taste.
 
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I remember reading that there were some Irish and Scottish immigrants to Iceland, is that true?

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Originally posted by Emperor Barbarossa Emperor Barbarossa wrote:

I remember reading that there were some Irish and Scottish immigrants to Iceland, is that true?
 
yes, indeed there were some celtic settlers coming via shetland- and faroe-islands to iceland.but their influence was rather short.

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Yeah, I did not know if that was a myth or not. Actually, if you really think about it, many of those Celtic immigrants probably had some Norse in them, since those islands had been raided by the Vikings. I would guess that the ethnic composition of those settlers was probably Viking-Gael, which underplays even more of the Celtic immigration.

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Originally posted by Mixcoatl Mixcoatl wrote:



Greenland is inhabited by Inuit and Danes.
 
 

 
 
I think the Inuits arrived in Greenland via northern foremost Siberia
 
 
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