Greenlandic European Economic Community membership referendum, 1982

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The Greenlandic European Economic Community membership referendum, 1982 was a consultative referendum over whether Greenland should continue to be a member of the European Economic Community which took place on 23 February 1982.

Greenland joined the European Communities in 1973 when Denmark joined, even though a majority of 70% of the Greenlandic votes had been against membership in the Danish EC referendum held in 1972. In the spring of 1981, after the Greenlandic home-rule had been established in 1979 and the eurosceptic Siumut won the 1979 election, the Parliament of Greenland agreed to hold a consultative referendum on their continued membership.[1] The result of the referendum was a majority in favour of leaving the EC, and this was enacted by the Greenland Treaty, which allowed the EC to keep its fishing rights.[2] Greenland continues to be considered an Overseas Countries and Territory of the EU, giving it a special relationship with Union.


Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 12,615 53.02
Yes 11,180 46.98
Total votes 23,795 100.00
Source: Petersen, Folketingets

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  1. ^ Petersen, Nikolaj (2006) [2004] Dansk udenrigspolitiks historie 6: Europæisk og globalt engagement 1973–2006, 2nd. edition (Danish). Copenhagen: Gyldendal, pp. 372–75. ISBN 978-87-0204-977-0.
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