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Canada will find a new national border with Denmark as the Hans Island conflict for decades ends

The new border eliminates one of the most violent border crossings in history

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For the first time in over 70 years, Canada will be a national border with the exception of the United States.

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The boundary in question will be a mile long, and it will cross the Arctic island of Hans Island, an uninhabited plateau between Nunavut and Greenland. One side will be Canadian, and the other will be under the Danish Empire.

A major government source told the National Post that Canada would celebrate the new border with a gift of Quebec whiskey to Denmark.

The island is hundreds of miles from the nearest human settlement and there is little evidence that it was ever used by the Inuit. However, it will mark the only place in North America where you will be able to cross the European border in one step.

The last time Canada had a non-US border was 1949, when Newfoundland was still a British colony. The former Dominion joined the alliance that year as Canada’s 10th province, successfully clearing the international border between Quebec and Labrador.

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Canada and Denmark have been arguing for almost 1.3 square miles over 1.3 square miles of Hans Island.

Hans Island has been in orbit in Canada since 1880, when British Arctic assets were officially transferred to Ottawa.

The Danes claim their ownership of the island dates back to the formation of Vikings in Greenland. Its name comes from Hans Hendrik, from Greenland Inuk who served as a guide for US and British Arctic expeditions during the 19th century.

According to Denmark, their claim on Hans Island was intensified in 1933 when the now-defunct International Court of Justice dismissed US claims in the eastern Arctic and granted the Danes full sovereignty over Greenland. Since 1979, Greenland has been governed as an independent state whose relations with Copenhagen are not at all the same as those of Nunavut and Ottawa.

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While Canada and Denmark were more than satisfied to sit next to the small station that separates Greenland from Nunavut, in the 1970’s explorers discovered that Hans Island was built near the two-nation maritime border.

What followed was a decades-long exhibition of an aggressive military force. Whenever Canadian or Danish troops occupied the area, they tried to stop Hans Island, take down the flag of rival nations, and raise their own. After all the flag action, Canadians were leaving a bottle of whiskey while Danes were leaving a bottle of Scandinavian aquavit.

At least one analyst has it he called for an argument “A Very Warm War.”

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The escalation of the conflict undoubtedly came in 2005, when then Defense Minister Bill Graham flew a helicopter to the island to witness the Canadian flag deployment and the suspension of the inukshuk.

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Scenes from “The Most Friendly War” on Hans Island. Photo by Royal Danish Navy / AFP by Getty Images / File; Cpl David McCord / DND / File

The visit was dubbed “work” by Denmark, which sparked official protests with the Government of Canada. Graham’s visit in 2005 will eventually force Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to announce “it is time to end the flag war” and enter into negotiations with Canada. Rasmussen said the complaint had no place in the “modern” world.

Ottawa is said to have hoped to unveil a new border on June 14 and to celebrate it as a good example of independent states resolving their border disputes peacefully. Instead, someone leak news at the beginning of The Globe and Mail.

The island does not have a number of known strategies or resources, but Canada remains particularly stubborn in its claims to Hans Island in part to avoid being seen as pushing the Arctic monarchy.

Although Denmark and Canada are likely to resolve the Hans Island issue peacefully, they are still embroiled in controversy over a very important prize: the North Pole.

Canada continues to participate in the United Nations’ long-running plan to divide the Arctic. To date, Canada, Denmark and Russia have all submitted competing claims in the Arctic Ocean that will cover the North Pole.

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