Parliament of Greenland

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Parliament of Greenland
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Speaker
Lars Emil JohansenSiumut
Since 5 April 2013
Structure
Seats 31
Inatsisartut (2015).svg
Political groups

Government (17)

     Forward (11)
     Democrats (4)
     Solidarity (2)

Opposition (14)

     Inuit Community (11)
     Partii Naleraq (3)
Elections
Open list proportional representation with a 2% election threshold
Last election
28 November 2014
Next election
2018 or earlier
Meeting place
Inatsisartut, Nuuk
Website
www.inatsisartut.gl

The Parliament of Greenland (Greenlandic: Kalaallit Nunaanni Inatsisartut; Danish: Grønlands Landsting) is the legislature (in this case, a parliament) in the government of Greenland, an autonomous country of Denmark. The government of Greenland is also called Self-Government of Greenland. 16 seats are needed for a majority. The Government is divided into ministries, and departments in the ministries handle the practical administrative work. Ministers are politically responsible for the work of those departments.[1]

Origin of the name[edit]

The word Landsting comes from an ancient Scandinavian term meaning council. It first came into being during Viking times and was formed by the freemen of the community. In those times it was called a 'ting,' which numbered a hundred men. These tings would be for the whole country or 'land' thus the phrase 'landsting'.

History[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.

Speaker[edit]

The Speaker is the presiding officer of the Inatsisartut. The Speaker determines which members may speak, and is responsible for maintaining order during debates. 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 composition[edit]

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Greenland
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

The Social democrats formed a coalition government with two right-wing parties, the Democrats and Atassut.

Recent results[edit]

The current standing of Greenland's Parliamentary Assembly after the Greenlandic general election, 2014:

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

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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://naalakkersuisut.gl/en/Naalakkersuisut
  2. ^ a b "The Presidency of Inatsisartut". inatsisartut.gl. The Greenlandic Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

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