The most unusual war

For many years, Canada and Denmark have been at war over the small island of Hans, located in the Kennedy Strait between the Canadian province of Nunavut and Greenland, which is known to belong to Denmark. And the island is located exactly in the middle of the strait, therefore, each of the two countries considers it its own. However, the island cannot be called particularly attractive: its territory is only 1, 3 square kilometers, the climate here is harsh. True, the war for him is also a peculiar one. It is also called the "whiskey war".

In 1973, Canada and Denmark were able to agree on maritime boundaries. Small problems arose with the island of Hans, but the countries decided that this was not such a fundamental issue, so they postponed its final decision to a later date.

For more than 10 years, this problem has not been returned, but the Danish Minister for Greenland Affairs added fuel to the fire. In 1984, he visited this uninhabited island, left a bottle of schnapps and a "polite" invitation: "Welcome to Denmark!" True, retaliatory measures from the Canadian side followed immediately, soon a Canadian flag, a bottle of whiskey and a friendly inscription: "Welcome to Canada!" Appeared on Hans Island.

Since then, it has become a tradition: once every few months, visit the disputed island, remove the competitor's flag, pick up the trophy in the form of alcoholic beverages, and then raise your flag and remember to leave the "treat". At the same time, both countries declare that they are not going to bring matters to armed clashes. At the same time, neither Denmark nor Canada intend to cede the island either.

Moreover, in recent years, information has appeared that large reserves of oil and gas are possible in this area. This means that the ownership of the island will allow replenishing the state budget at the expense of their production. This means that a bottle of whiskey is no longer enough here.

The Canadian side recently made a proposal that the small island will be divided into two equal parts. At the moment, both countries believe that this will be the best solution to this still humorous dispute.

In fairness, it should be noted that the Danes visited here in the 19th century, and the island itself is named after the Danish polar explorer Hans Hendrik. He explored these places during the expedition of 1871-1873. And since 1876, the documents have already mentioned the island of Hans.