#Sovereignty

Settling Sovereignty Claims over the Hans Island

Settling Sovereignty Claims over the Hans Island

Since the 1960s onward, in the circumpolar Arctic, a tiny barren islet of just 1.3 km² has been triggering non-negligible tensions between two NATO allies. Indeed, Denmark and Canada are both claiming sovereignty over the Hans Island, a dispute not rooted on claiming the territory but rather on the ability of both nations to exert sovereignty in the Arctic.