Parliament of Greenland

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Parliament of Greenland
Coat of arms or logo
Lars Emil JohansenSiumut
since 5 April 2013
Seats 31
Political groups

Government (17)

     Siumut (14)
     Solidarity (2)
     Inuit Party (1)

Opposition (13)

     Inuit Ataqatigiit (11)
     Democrats (2)
Open list proportional representation with a 2% election threshold
Last election
12 March 2013
Meeting place
Building in Nuuk, Sermersooq

The Parliament of Greenland (Greenlandic: Inatsisartut; Danish: Grønlands Landsting) is the legislature (in this case, a parliament) in the government of Greenland, an autonomous country of Denmark. The government of Greenland is also called Home Rule of Greenland. 16 seats are needed for a majority.

Origin of the name[edit]

The word Landsting comes from an ancient Scandinavian term meaning council. It first came into being during Viking times and was formed by the freemen of the community. In those times it was called a 'ting,' which numbered a hundred men. These tings would be for the whole country or 'land' thus the phrase 'landsting'.


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The Parliament of Greenland succeeded the Provincial Council (Danish: Grønlands Landsråd) on 1 May 1979. The Parliament is led by a Presidency comprising four members of the Parliament and the Chairman. There are 31 members in the Assembly.

Chairmen of the Parliament[edit]

Name Period Party
Jonathan Motzfeldt (also Prime Minister of Greenland) 1979-1988 Siumut
Lars Chemnitz 1988-1991 Atassut
Bendt Frederiksen 1991-1995 Siumut
Knud Sørensen 1995-1997 Atassut
Anders Andreassen 1997-1999 Siumut
Ole Lynge 1999-2001 Inuit Ataqatigiit
Daniel Skifte 2001-2003 Atassut
Jonathan Motzfeldt 2003-2008 Siumut
Ruth Heilmann 2008-2009 Siumut
Josef Motzfeldt 2009-2013 Inuit Ataqatigiit
Lars Emil Johansen 2013-Present Siumut


Recent results[edit]

The current standing of Greenland's Parliamentary Assembly after the Greenlandic parliamentary election, 2013:

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Siumut 12,910 43.22 14 +5
Inuit Ataqatigiit 10,374 34.73 11 –3
Solidarity 2,454 8.21 2 –1
Inuit Party 1,930 6.46 2 New
Democrats 1,870 6.26 2 –2
Association of Candidates 326 1.09 0 –1
Independents 9 0.03 0
Invalid/blank votes 263
Total 30,136 100 31 0
Registered voters/turnout 40,613 74.20
Source: Election Passport, Parties & Elections

See also[edit]

Other parliaments in the Nordic countries:


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 64°10′42″N 51°44′28″W / 64.1782°N 51.7412°W / 64.1782; -51.7412