Sunday, 21 June 2009

Self-government for Greenland

At a ceremony in the Greenlandic Assembly (Landstinget) in Nuuk today, Queen Margrethe II presented the Act of Self-Government to the Speaker, Josef Motzfeldt. This means that from today Greenland is a devolved part of the Kingdom of Denmark, reducing Danish authority to foreign affairs, security and financial policy. Greenlanders are from today recognised as a people of their own and Greenlandic becomes the official language of Greenland. This comes after a referendum last November, in which 75.54 % voted in favour of devolution, and is seen as the penultimate step on Greenland's way to independence.
Politiken and Berlingske Tidende report on the events in Nuuk today, which were also attended by Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen:

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