After nearly 300 years of the Danish island of Greenland, finally, firm steps towards independence. Last year, a referendum was held in Greenland, which were put forward some requests to Copenhagen, which were granted June 21, 2009. Denmark continues to control the finances, international relations and defense issues on the island, but stops annual subsidies and abandon control over most of the island's natural resources. In addition, now in Greenland has its own official language - Greenlandic, and the inhabitants of the island are now considered a separate nation. Although the island itself is rather big - more than 342 thousand sq. M km. - Its population is very small - only 57 000 inhabitants, 88% of whom are Inuit and 12% of Europeans.