Nearly 1,900 miles northwest of Denmark lies Greenland, the world’s largest island and an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenland has about 56,000 residents, but this number shrinks by an average of 350 people every year. Many leave to go live in Denmark, where they find greater economic opportunity.
Still, there are a few who choose to go back to Greenland, to fight against these issues — like Georgine Graversen and Sussi Wille Broge. Both have lived in Denmark for several years; they completed their educations, married and gave birth to their children there, but always longed to go back to Greenland. They want their children to be able to explore what nature has to offer, and to know where they come from. Both mothers feel a responsibility to give something back to this place. For a lot of Danes, Greenland is synonymous with no more than igloos, dog sleds and alcoholics — but for Greenlanders it is so much more.
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Sisse Dupont is a photojournalist based in Aarhus, Denmark. She focuses on telling everyday stories about family life in Denmark and Greenland, though currently her focus has shifted to her own family, while on maternity leave with her son Nelson.
The photo essays featured on Narratively this week were originally developed as part of Family. Life. a collaborative student project initiated by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. The project explores the feelings, relationships, obstacles, and identities of families through visual stories produced by photography schools around the world.