Democrats (Greenland)

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Democrats
Demokraatit
Leader Anda Uldum
Founded 2002
Headquarters Inatsisartut, 3900 Nuuk
Youth wing Demokraatit Inuusuttaat
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Social liberalism[2]
Economic liberalism[3]
Greenlandic Commonwealth Unionism[4]
Pro-Europeanism[5]
Populism[6]
Political position Centre[7]
Centre-right[8]
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Nordic affiliation None
Colours Black, red and white
Inatsisartut
4 / 31
Municipalities:
2 / 70
Folketing
(Greenland seats)
0 / 2
Website
www.demokraatit.gl
Politics of Greenland
Political parties
Elections

The Democrats (Greenlandic: Demokraatit) are a centre-right populist and Pro-European political party in Greenland.

The party is skeptical of Greenlandic independence and even further self-governance, and is highly favoured by ethnic Danes living in Greenland. It has taken over this position from the Solidarity (Atássut) party that has developed towards favouring more autonomy.[9] Major points of its programme are to improve the education of the Inuit and the housing situation.[7]

History[edit]

Established in 2002, the party won five seats in the elections that year. It increased its seat total to seven in the 2005 elections, but was excluded from power by a so-called "Northern Lights Coalition" of Siumut, Inuit Ataqatigiit and Atássut. Its number of seats decreased to four seats in the 2009 elections, however it entered a government coalition with Inuit Ataqatigiit and the Association of Candidates, removing the formerly dominant Siumut from power for the first time in its history.[7] In the 2013 elections the party won only two seats, but at the 2014 elections the party gained two more seats and has now four seats in the parliament.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ideology". Demokraatit (in Danish). 2014. Archived from the original on 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ideology". Demokraatit (in Danish). 2014. Archived from the original on 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Erhverv". Demokraatit (in Danish). 2014. Archived from the original on 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "Commonwealth of the Realm". Demokraatit (in Danish). 2014. Archived from the original on 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "EU". Demokraatit (in Danish). 2014. Archived from the original on 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ Dahl, Jens (2006). The Indigenous World 2006. IWGIA. p. 34. 
  7. ^ a b c Lansford, Tom, ed. (2014). Political Handbook of the World 2014. CQ Press. p. 393. 
  8. ^ Loukacheva, Natalia (2007). The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut. University of Toronto Press. p. 55. 
  9. ^ Loukacheva (2007). The Arctic Promise. p. 61. 

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