Greenland & Iceland Agree Name Swap


ATTEMPTING TO rewrite a wrong first imposed by the Kingdom of Denmark when it insisted on attributing the name Greenland to a land mass with an ice sheet covering 75% of its landmass, a formal name swap with Iceland has been agreed paving the way for increased tourism opportunities for both countries.

“People keep arriving and asking us where the ice is. Sure, we have some but they’re clearly expecting it to be wall-to-wall polar bears skating across a frozen lake while playing ice-hockey,” said head of tourism in formerly Iceland, now Greenland, Ólaf Ólafsson.

While the costs associated with the name swap is significant (and a major boom for sign-makers), it is thought to be worth it just so native now Icelandics, formerly Greenlanders, don’t have to put up with the same tired jokes from other people.

“The main cause of violence in what used to be called Greenland stemmed from us chinning tourists making jokes about there being no greenery,” offered now Iceland not Greenland’s head of tourism Peter Lyberth.

Requests by tourists, mostly Americans, for refunds are set to nosedive as a result of the swap and spark similar efforts in other countries to find more appropriate names.

“We don’t really have a Dubstep music scene to speak of so it’s worth exploring alternatives,” explained a spokesperson for Dublin tourism.