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The Inatsisartut (Greenlandic: Inatsisartut; Greenlandic pronunciation: [inɑtsisɑʁtʊt̚] Danish: Landstinget, lit. 'the land's-thing of Greenland'), also known as the Parliament of Greenland in English,[3] is the unicameral parliament (legislative branch) of Greenland, a autonomous territory[4] in the Danish realm. Established in 1979, it meets in Inatsisartut, on the islet of Nuuk Center in central Nuuk.

Parliament of Greenland

Coat of arms or logo
Vivian Motzfeldt
since 3rd October 2018[1]
Political groups
Government (11)[2]
     Siumut (10)
     Nunatta Qitornai (1)

Supported by (6)

     Democrats (6)

Joint Opposition (14)

     Inuit Ataqatigiit (8)
     Partii Naleraq (3)
     Atassut (2)
     Cooperation Party (1)
Open list proportional representation with a 2% election threshold
Last election
24 April 2018
Meeting place
Inatsisartut, Nuuk

There are 31 members. They are elected for four-year periods.

History of the parliamentEdit

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. As of 9 September 2018, there is no speaker of the Inatsusartut.[1] The last speaker was Hans Enoksen, whose party, the Partii Naleraq, left the governing coalition after some dispute. On October 3, 2018, Siumut had Vivian Motzfeldt, the outgoing Foreign Minister, elected. The speaker is nominated by the prime minister immediately following a general election and is confirmed by members; the speaker appoints four deputies.[5]

Current membersEdit

Recent resultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Siumut 7,959 27.2 9 –2
Inuit Ataqatigiit 7,478 25.5 8 –3
Democrats 5,712 19.5 6 +2
Partii Naleraq 3,931 13.4 4 +1
Atassut 1,730 5.9 2 0
Cooperation Party 1,193 4.1 1 New
Nunatta Qitornai 1,002 3.4 1 New
Invalid/blank votes 291
Total 29,296 100 31 0
Registered voters/turnout 40,769 71.86

This represents the most parties that would have elected MPs in the legislature.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Grønlands regering i opløsning: Partii Naleraq forlader koalition". (in Danish). 9 Sep 2018. Retrieved 9 Sep 2018.
  2. ^ Gronholt-Pedersen, Jacob; Nielson, Emil (2 October 2018). "Greenland PM Kielsen forms minority government to end political crisis". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  3. ^ "About the Greenlandic Parliament". The Greenlandic Parliament. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  4. ^
    • Benedikter, Thomas (2006-06-19). "The working autonomies in Europe". Society for Threatened Peoples. Denmark has established very specific territorial autonomies with its two island territories
    • Ackrén, Maria (November 2017). "Greenland". Autonomy Arrangements in the World. Faroese and Greenlandic are seen as official regional languages in the self-governing territories belonging to Denmark.
    • "Greenland". International Cooperation and Development. European Commission. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2019-08-27. Greenland [...] is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark
  5. ^ "The Presidency of Inatsisartut". The Greenlandic Parliament. Archived from the original on 27 October 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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