Parliament of Greenland

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Parliament of Greenland
Coat of arms or logo
Lars Emil Johansen, Siumut
Since 5 April 2013
Seats 31
Parliament of Greenland (122016).svg
Political groups

Government (26)

     Siumut (12)
     Inuit Ataqatigiit (11)
     Partii Naleraq (3)

Opposition (5)

     Democrats (4)
     Atassut (1)
Open list proportional representation with a 2% election threshold
Last election
28 November 2014
Next election
2018 or earlier
Meeting place
Inatsisartut, Nuuk

The Inatsisartut (Greenlandic: Inatsisartut; Danish: Landstinget, lit. 'the land's-thing of Greenland'), also known as the Parliament of Greenland in English,[1] is the unicameral parliament (legislative branch) of Greenland, the autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark. Established in 1979. It meets in Inatsisartut, on the islet of Nuuk Center in central Nuuk.

There are 31 members; 16 are needed for a majority. They are elected for four-year periods.

History of the Parliament[edit]

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.


The speaker is the presiding officer of the Inatsisartut. The speaker determines which members may speak, and is responsible for maintaining order. The current speaker is Lars Emil Johansen, former leader of the Forward Party.[2] The Speaker is nominated by the Prime Minister immediately following a general election and is confirmed by members; the Speaker appoints four deputies.[2]

Current Members[edit]

Recent Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Siumut 10,102 34.6 11 –3
Inuit Ataqatigiit 9,776 33.5 11 0
Democrats 3,468 11.9 4 +2
Partii Naleraq 3,423 11.7 3 New
Solidarity 1,919 6.6 2 0
Inuit Party 477 1.6 0 –2
Independents 22 0.1 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 301
Total 29,488 100 31 0
Registered voters/turnout 40,424 72.9
Source: Qinersineq

After the election, the social-democratic Siumut has decided to form a coalition government with two center-right parties, the Democrats and Atassut. On 27 October 2016, Siumut has pursued a different coalition government formation with both the Inuit Ataqatigiit and Partii Naleraq, leaving its two former coalition parties in the Opposition.[3] In terms of numbers, this is the largest coalition in the recent history of the Greenlandic Parliament.

See also[edit]

Prime Ministers in the Danish Realm

Parliaments in the Danish Realm

Elections and politics in the Danish Realm

Other parliaments in the Nordic countries:


  1. ^ "About the Greenlandic Parliament". The Greenlandic Parliament. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "The Presidency of Inatsisartut". The Greenlandic Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Siumut IA og Partii Naleraq danner koalition." (in Danish)

External links[edit]

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