Youth of Sisimiut

CompanyPhotographer Lasse Bak Mejlvang
CreditsLasse Bak Mejlvang
PhotographerLasse Bak Mejlvang
PrizeSilver in Press / Feature Story
Entry Description

The political agenda and overall buzz on Greenland have for the past few years mostly concerned the nation's minerals, oil and raw material. However, the talk has died down for a while, as it has turned out that the extraction of raw materials is going to be a lot harder and more expensive than first expected. Greenland is now once again faced with the big challenge of figuring out how the country's economy is going to function in the future. Industrial fishing is still by far the nation's largest industry and source of income but this field also has a bleak future it seems, in part due to climate change. Therefore, focus has returned to what a lot of Greenland's population think is the nation's most important raw material, which is Greenland's population. Education and welfare have become the big topics of discussion in the gigantic country with only 56.000 inhabitants. Sisimiut, which is located on the west coast of Greenland almost 200 miles North of the capital, Nuuk, is economically the nation's fastest growing city. Sisimiuts high school and school of raw materials attract a lot of young people from the neighbouring towns and villages. These young people are some of those, who are going to define the future of Greenland and answer the question of where the big nation is going.