Hans Enoksen

Hans Enoksen (born 7 August 1956 in Itilleq, Greenland, Kingdom of Denmark[1]) is a Greenlandic politician who served as the third Prime Minister of Greenland from 2002 to 2009.

Hans Enoksen
Landsstyreformand Hans Enoksen til Folkeafstemning i Multihallen i Nuuk med Pipaluk Petersen pa 5 ar.jpg
3rd Prime Minister of Greenland
In office
14 December 2002 – 12 June 2009
MonarchMargrethe II
Preceded byJonathan Motzfeldt
Succeeded byKuupik Kleist
Member of the Landsting for Kullorsuaq
Assumed office
27 May 1987
Personal details
Born (1956-08-07) 7 August 1956 (age 64)
Itilleq, Greenland,
Kingdom of Denmark
CitizenshipKingdom of Denmark
Political partyPartii Naleraq
Other political
Siumut (1977–2013)

A Greenlandic monoglot,[2] he has been a member of the Parliament of Greenland since 1995. He became Minister for Fisheries, Hunting and Settlements and chairman of the political party Siumut in 2001.

He was elected prime minister on 14 December 2002, his party winning a mere 28%, a 7% drop from in the previous election in 1999, but still enough to win.

After his election he began an alliance with left wing party Inuit Ataqatigiit. The two parties began discussing how to change the agreement with Denmark and the U.S. about how much Greenland should receive in compensation for the U.S. airbase situated outside the town of Thule, in the north of the country. In the 2009 election, the IA beat him with 43% of the vote compared to Enoksen's party's 26%.

After the 2009 defeat, Hans Enoksen retired as leader of Siumut.[3]

At the elections 2013 he was re-elected, but in January 2014 he was so unsatisfied with Siumut′s politics that he left the party and established a new political party, Partii Naleraq.[4] The new party won 11.6% of the valid votes at the elections on 28 November 2014, and got three members elected for the Greenlandic parliament. Enoksen got 2,425 personal votes.[5]

He was Speaker of the Inatsisartut in 2018.


  1. ^ Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa (Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation) (in Danish)
  2. ^ "Nunatsiaq News: Unilingual Inuk becomes Greenland's new premier". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  3. ^ Sermitsiaq: Hans Enoksen træder tilbage
  4. ^ Tidligere landsstyreformand Enoksen stifter nyt parti - Information, 9 January 2014
  5. ^ "valg.gl". Archived from the original on 2014-11-30. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Motzfeldt
Prime Minister of Greenland
Succeeded by
Kuupik Kleist