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Carina Ren, Ulrik Pram Gad and Lill Rastad Bjørst

In this chapter, we explore branding approaches and tensions at what we might term the margins of the Nordic, namely Greenland. We do so by zooming in on four different empirical sites: diplomacy, mining, tourism and the cultural industries. By taking a closer look at who gets to brand Greenland and in which configurations, we dig into issues of agency and legitimacy. While the first two sites display strong top-down and foreign agential characteristics, the next two sites are characterized by more local control of brand elements and narratives. In the tourism sector recent branding attempts have sought to attract a global audience beyond the usual Danish tourists. Using recent Visit Greenland activities, such as the “Pioneering Nation” campaign, we extrapolate various, partially contradictory, identity positions in this field. Finally, looking at the cultural industries of fashion and food, we argue that Greenland – largely as a result of decentralized, commercial decisions – is supplementing its “indigenous” brand, highlighting traditional handicraft and food production with a post-modern re-circulation of culinary and artisanal products as national symbols.

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Carina Ren, Szilvia Gyimóthy, Martin Trandberg Jensen, Dejan Križaj and Miha Bratec