Kim Kielsen

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Kim Kielsen
Kim Kielsen. Nordiska raoedets session i Helsingfors 2012.jpg
Kim Kielsen speaking in Helsinki in 2012
6th Prime Minister of Greenland
In office
30 September 2014 – 23 April 2021
MonarchMargrethe II
DeputyAnda Uldum
Preceded byAleqa Hammond
Succeeded byMúte Bourup Egede
Leader of Siumut
In office
18 October 2014 – 29 November 2020
DeputyHans Enoksen
Preceded byAleqa Hammond
Succeeded byErik Jensen
Minister for Housing, Nature and the Environment
In office
7 November 2013 – 23 April 2021
Prime MinisterAleqa Hammond
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
In office
11 November 2013 – 23 April 2021
Prime MinisterAleqa Hammond
Personal details
Born (1966-11-30) 30 November 1966 (age 54)
Paamiut, Sermersooq, Greenland
CitizenshipKingdom of Denmark
Political partySiumut
Spouse(s)Judithe Kielsen
ResidenceNuuk, Sermersooq, Greenland
Alma materPolice officer at Politiskolen i Grønland

Kim Kielsen (born 30 November 1966) is a Greenlandic politician, former leader of the Siumut party and Prime Minister of Greenland between 2014 and 2021.


Past careers[edit]

Kielsen was originally a mariner, and then a police officer with Rigspolitiet from 1996 to 2003 in Upernavik and Paamiut.

Political career[edit]

Kielsen entered politics in 2005 when he was elected to the Greenlandic parliament for Siumut and to the municipal government of Paamiut. In the government of Aleqa Hammond, he was the minister for housing, nature and the environment. He became acting premier in October 2014 when Hammond stepped down and the Siumut party subsequently elected Kielsen as its leader,[1][2][3][4][5][6] awarding him 44 of the 65 votes.[7][8][9] On 4 December 2014 his party, Atassut, and Demokraatit formed a new coalition. On 10 December 2014 the new ministers were represented.[10]

In response to U.S. President Donald Trump's August 2019 interest in purchasing Greenland, Kielsen said the proposal was "not something to joke about", and "Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant."[11][12]

On November 29, 2020, Kielsen lost reelection to the chairmanship of the Siumut Party to Erik Jensen.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Kim Kielsen is married to Judithe Kielsen, and they have two children.[15]


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  6. ^ "Kim Kielsen ny formand for Siumut". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Se billeder: Kim Kielsens store triumf". Sermitsiaq.AG. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Opdateret: Kim Kielsen ny formand for Siumut". Sermitsiaq.AG. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Aleqa støtter Kielsen". Sermitsiaq.AG. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Her er navnene på det nye Naalakkersuisut". KNR. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ Lee, Matthew And Olsen, Jan. (2020) "US to boost aid to Greenland in bid to counter Russia, China" Associated Press
  12. ^ Wise, Justin. (2019) "Greenland's leader rips Trump: Idea of buying territory 'not something to joke about'" The Hill
  13. ^ "Kim Kielsen tabte valget: Det er en lettelse". KNR (in Danish). Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  14. ^ "Erik Jensen felldi Kim Kielsen í formannskjöri Siumut". RÚV (in Icelandic). 2020-11-29. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
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