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  • proper n. A small island in the Nares Strait between Greenland and Canada, claimed by both Canada and Denmark.


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  • Bill Graham landed on Hans Island, which is claimed by Canada and Denmark, during a tour of Canadian military outposts in the region.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • In the face of a Russia paratroop drop over the North Pole - scheduled for next spring - and ongoing diplomatic tussles over the Northwest Passage, the continental shelf and a rump of rock known as Hans Island, Canada is stepping up its activity in the region.

    Climate Ark Climate Change & Global Warming RSS Newsfeed

  • The promised hydrocarbon bonanza is already manifesting itself in territorial claims - such as between Canada and Greenland over tiny Hans Island or Russia's act of planting a titanium flag underwater on the Lomonosov ridge to stake a claim on a huge exclusive economic zone.

    Bianca Jagger: Now Is the Time to Move Beyond Petroleum

  • Norway spends around $1,200 per person, and Denmark building up for that fight with Canada for Hans Island spends around $800 per person.

    Why Can’t Canada Buy A Mighty Military? Like Norway, For Instance « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • DenmarkIceland, the UK, and Ireland dispute Denmark's claim that the Faroe Islands 'continental shelf extends beyond 200 nm; Faroese continue to study proposals for full independence; sovereignty dispute with Canada over Hans Island in the Kennedy Channel between Ellesmere Island and Greenland


  • People still need to be reminded that, Hans Island aside, none of our land in the north is under any dispute.

    Northern Operation Nanook 08

  • Actually the only sovereignty in question Hans Island aside is maritime; and the Yankees will own the satellite that tells us where their ships are.

    Our new satellite surveillance capability...

  • On Hans Island and Island disputed by Canada and Denmark the Canadian government has issued a permit to prospect for diamonds.

    The Polar War

  • Denmark and Canada, of course, have had a long-running and much publicized disagreement over sovereignty of Hans Island in the Nares Strait.

    Climate Change and Foreign Policy~ Chapter 5

  • On the other hand, the Arctic is similar to Antarctica in that there are competing territorial claims by the Arctic nations to parts of the Arctic, such as the Northwest Passage and Hans Island.

    Climate Change and Foreign Policy~ Chapter 3


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