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The Naalakkersuisut is the government of Greenland, a "constituent country" (Danish: land) of the Kingdom of Denmark, takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic country, whereby the prime minister is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament Inatsisartut. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Greenland has full autonomy on most matters, except on policies and decisions affecting the region including negotiations with the devolved legislatures and the Folketing.

Executive power[edit]

Executive power rests with a high commissioner, and a prime minister heads the Cabinet. The high commissioner of Greenland is appointed by the monarch (since 2011: Queen Margrethe II), and the prime minister is elected indirectly by parliament elections results for four-year terms.


The Naalakkersuisut is divided into a number of areas of responsibility each led by a naalakkersuisoq (English: minister) with powers corresponding to that of a minister or secretary of government. The cabinet is based on a majority in the Inatsisartut of the parties S, IA and PN. As of 27 October 2016,[1][2] the current composition of the Naalakkersuisut is as follows:

Name Party Office
Kim Kielsen S Premier,
Minister for Domestic Affairs
Vittus Qujaukitsoq S Minister for Industry, Labour, Trade, Energy, and Foreign Affairs
Martha Lund Olsen S Minister for Municipalities Settlements, Infrastructure and Housing
Doris Jakobsen S Minister for Education, Culture, Research and Church Affairs
Suka K. Frederiksen S Minister for Independence, Environment and Nature and Agriculture
Aqqaluaq B. Egede IA Minister for Finance and Taxes
Sara Olsvig IA Minister for Family, Gender Equality, Social Affairs, and Justice
Agathe Fontain IA Minister for Health and Nordic Cooperation
Muté B. Egede IA Minister for Minerals
Hans Enoksen PN Minister for Hunting and Fishing

Legislative power[edit]

Legislative power is shared by the government and the legislature. The legislature or Self-rule of Greenland (Greenlandic: Namminersorlutik Oqartussat, Danish: Selvstyre) is made up of 31 members elected by direct, popular vote to serve four-year terms. The current composition is shown below

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
Atassut 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

Judicial power[edit]

Greenland's judicial system, which has mainly been derived from the Danish civil law system, operates independently of the legislature and the executive. It has one court of first instance: the Court of Greenland, and an appeal court the High Court of Greenland. No appeal is possible to decisions of the Joint Court of Justice, but fundamental "questions of law" may be submitted to the Østre Landsret and the Supreme Court of Denmark in cassation. Verdicts by those institutions may lead to a new decision of the Joint Court, taking into account the results of the cassation.

Naalakkersuisut 2014[edit]

The most recent parliamentary elections were held on 28 November 2014 and Kim Kielsen, leader of the Siumut party, was designated as Prime Minister by a coalition of the parties Siumut, Democrats, and Atassut. The coalition was formed on 4 December 2014, Siumut has five ministers, Democrats 2 and Attasut 2.[3][4]

Naalakkersuisut 2013[edit]

Parliamentary elections were held on March 12, 2013, and Aleqa Hammond, leader of the Siumut party, was designated as Prime Minister by a coalition of the parties Siumut, Partii Inuit, and Atassut.


  1. ^ Hansen, Nukappiaaluk (27 October 2016). "Her er de nye medlemmer af Naalakkersuisut". (in Danish). Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Uldum, Simon (27 October 2016). "Her er det nye Naalakkersuisut". (in Danish). Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  3. ^ - Koalition mellem Siumut, Demokraterne og Atassut
  4. ^ - Siumut, Atassut og Demokraterne danner koalition

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