South Greenland

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South Greenland
Colony of Denmark–Norway (1728?–1814)
Colony of Denmark (1814–1950)
Coat of arms of South Greenland
Coat of arms
South Greenland in 1815.svg
South Greenland (dark green) in 1815
 • TypeMonarchy
• 1728–1730
Frederick IV first
• 1947–1950
Frederick IX last
Governor/Royal inspectors 
• 1782–1789
Bendt Olrik first
• 1945–1950
Carl Fredrik Simony last
• Established
• Disestablished
Succeeded by
Colony of Greenland (1950-1953)
Today part of Kingdom of Denmark

The Southern Inspectorate of Greenland also known as South Greenland was a Danish inspectorate on Greenland consisting of the trading centers and missionary stations along the southwest coast of the island. Its capital was at Godthaab (modern Nuuk).[1] The northernmost town of South Greenland was Holsteinborg, which bordered Egedesminde, which was the southernmost town of North Greenland. This boundary between South and North Greenland ran at around 68°N degree of latitude, and in the South, South Greenland stretched to 59°30'N,[2] or to the southernmost point of Greenland.

In 1911, as the administration of the colony was removed from the Royal Greenland Trading Department and folded into the Danish Ministry of the Interior, a provincial council (Danish: landsråd) was established. It was elected indirectly from the local councils and had little say in the management of the colony.

It was united with North Greenland in 1950.[verification needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brewster, David. "Greenland". The Edinburgh Encyclopedia, Vol 10. J. & E. Parker, 1832.
  2. ^ James Bell: A System of Geography. Glasgow 1892 p. 281 CHAP. III-GREENLAND.