Spiralkampagnen: how Denmark used women’s bodies to regulate the population in Greenland

Ittoqqortoormiit (East Greenland). Last week, as I entered the cramped tourist agency in this village of 354 inhabitants, Mette Pike Barselajsen, who is the manager, spoke almost instantly about the scandal that has been shaking the local press and Greenland for the past few weeks. On her desk, which has been refurbished since my last visit, she lays out documents from the time, in French, and asks me to take a closer look. In the 1960s, the Danish authorities would have launched an active policy of regulating the Greenlandic population, and the documents she gives me contain precise information about the village.