Democrats (Greenland)

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Democrats

Demokraatit
Danish nameDemokraterne
LeaderNiels Thomsen
Political ViceJustus Hansen
Organizational ViceNivi Olsen
Founded28 November 2002 (2002-11-28)
HeadquartersInatsisartut, 3900 Nuuk
Youth wingDemokraatit Inuusuttaat
IdeologyGreenlandic unionism[1]
Social liberalism[1]
Political positionCentre[2] to centre-right[3]
ColorsBlack, red and white
Inatsisartut
6 / 31
Municipalities
4 / 73
Folketing
(Greenland seats)
0 / 2
Website
www.demokraatit.gl

The Democrats (Greenlandic: Demokraatit; Danish: Demokraterne) is a liberal and unionist political party in Greenland.

The party is skeptical of Greenlandic independence and even further self-governance. It has taken over this position from the Atassut party, which has developed towards favouring more autonomy.[4] Two of the major priorities in its programme are improving educational standards and the housing situation.[2]

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 Atassut.[5] 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.[2] 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.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Greenland (Inatsisartut)[edit]

Election year votes % of vote seats won ±
2002 4,558 15.9 (#4)
5 / 31
New
2005 6,595 22.8 (#2)
7 / 31
Increase 2
2009 3,620 12.7 (#3)
4 / 31
Decrease 3
2013 1,870 6.2 (#5)
2 / 31
Decrease 2
2014 3,469 11.8 (#3)
4 / 31
Increase 2
2018 5,712 19.5 (#3)
6 / 31
Increase 2

Parliament of the Kingdom of Denmark (Folketinget)[edit]

Election year votes % of
Greenlandic vote
Greenlandic seats won ±
2005 4,909 21.7 (#3)
0 / 2
New
2007 4,584 18.5 (#3)
0 / 2
Steady 0
2011 2,882 12.6 (#3)
0 / 2
Steady 0
2015 1,753 8.5 (#3)
0 / 2
Steady 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2018). "Greenland/Denmark". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Lansford, Tom, ed. (2014). Political Handbook of the World 2014. CQ Press. p. 393.
  3. ^ Loukacheva, Natalia (2007). The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut. University of Toronto Press. p. 55.
  4. ^ Loukacheva (2007). The Arctic Promise. p. 61.
  5. ^ Hicks, Jack (9 December 2005). ""Northern lights" coalition a return to normal for Greenland politics". Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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