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1st November 1938

Europe 50

Design 1
Design 2
  Sc1 Sc7  

perf 13x12½, no wmk, engraved
Printed by H.H. Thiele, Copenhagen

Description Date Design Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#  
1 øre olive-black 1938 1 1 1      
5ø rose lake 1938 1 2 2      
7ø yellow-green 1938 1 3 3      
10ø purple 1938 1 4 4      
15ø red 1938 1 5 5      
20ø red 1946 1 6 5a      
30ø blue 1938 2 7 6      
40ø blue 1946 2 8 6a      
1 krone light brown 1938 2 9 7      

Wikipedia: Greenland is an autonomous country within the Danish Realm, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and Denmark, the colonial powers, as well as the nearby island of Iceland) for more than a millennium. In 2008, the people of Greenland passed a referendum supporting greater autonomy; 75% of votes cast were in favour. Greenland is the world's largest island,over three-quarters of which is covered by the only permanent ice sheet outside of Antarctica. With a population of about 56,480 (2013), it is the least densely populated country in the world.
In 1973, Greenland joined the European Economic Community with Denmark. However, in a referendum in 1982, a majority of the population voted for Greenland to withdraw from the EEC (later expanded into the EU), which was effected in 1985. In 1979, Denmark had granted home rule to Greenland, and in 2008, Greenlanders voted in favour of the Self-Government Act, which transferred more power from the Danish royal government to the local Greenlandic government.