Hans Island

Coordinates: 80°49′35″N 66°27′30″W / 80.82639°N 66.45833°W / 80.82639; -66.45833
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Hans Island
Native name:

Tartupaluk  (Inuktitut and Greenlandic)
ᑕᕐᑐᐸᓗᒃ (Inuktitut syllabics)
Hans Ø  (Danish)
Île Hans  (French)
Hans Island from the east (Greenlandic) side
Location of Hans Island, between Greenland and Ellesmere Island
Coordinates80°49′35″N 66°27′30″W / 80.82639°N 66.45833°W / 80.82639; -66.45833
Area1.3 km2 (0.50 sq mi)
Length1,290 m (4230 ft)
Width1,199 m (3934 ft)
Territory Nunavut
Queen of CanadaElizabeth II
Constituent country Greenland
Queen of DenmarkMargrethe II
PopulationUninhabited (2022)

Hans Island (Inuktitut and Greenlandic: Tartupaluk; Inuktitut syllabics: ᑕᕐᑐᐸᓗᒃ; Danish: Hans Ø; French: Île Hans) is an uninhabited island with an area of 1.3 km2 (0.50 sq mi). It is in the centre of the Kennedy Channel of Nares Strait. It is within the territorial waters of both Canada and Greenland (Denmark).

The island has likely been part of Inuit hunting grounds since the 14th century.[1] It was claimed by both Canada and Denmark[2] until June 14, 2022, when both countries agreed to split the island in half.

The Hans Island border

References[change | change source]

  1. "Whose Hans?". Canadian Geographic. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013.
  2. McKernan, Bethan (13 November 2015). "Canada and Denmark are locked in an adorable war". i100.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2015.