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    Greenland Government - 2004

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Greenland
      local short form: Kalaallit Nunaat
      local long form: none

      Dependency status:
      part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1979

      Government type:
      parliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy

      Nuuk (Godthab)

      Administrative divisions:
      3 districts (landsdele); Avannaa (Nordgronland), Tunu (Ostgronland), Kitaa (Vestgronland)
      note: there are 18 municipalities in Greenland

      none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1979)
      note: foreign affairs is the responsibility of Denmark, but Greenland actively participates in international agreements relating to Greenland

      National holiday:
      June 21 (longest day)

      5 June 1953 (Danish constitution)

      Legal system:

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen MARGRETHE II of Denmark (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Gunnar MARTENS (since NA 1995)
      note: government coalition - Siumut and Inuit Ataqatigiit
      election results: Hans ENOKSEN elected prime minister
      head of government: Prime Minister Hans ENOKSEN (since 14 December 2002)
      cabinet: Home Rule Government is elected by the Parliament (Landstinget) on the basis of the strength of parties
      elections: the monarchy is hereditary; high commissioner appointed by the monarch; prime minister is elected by Parliament (usually the leader of the majority party); election last held 3 December 2002 (next to be held NA December 2006)

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Parliament or Landstinget (31 seats; members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve four-year terms)
      note: two representatives were elected to the Danish Parliament or Folketing on 20 November 2001 (next to be held no later than November 2005); percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - Siumut 1, Inuit Ataqatigiit 1
      election results: percent of vote by party - Siumut 28.7%, Inuit Ataqatigiit 25.5%, Atassut Party 20.4%, Demokratiit 15.6%, Katusseqatigiit 5.3%; seats by party - Siumut 10, Inuit Ataqatigiit 8, Atassut 7, Demokratiit 5, Katusseqatigiit 1
      elections: last held on 3 December 2002 (next to be held by NA December 2006)

      Judicial branch:
      High Court or Landsret (appeals can be made to the Ostre Landsret or Eastern Division of the High Court or Supreme Court in Copenhagen)

      Political parties and leaders:
      Akulliit Party [Bjarne KREUTZMANN]; Atassut Party (Solidarity, a conservative party favoring continuing close relations with Denmark) [Augusta SALLING]; Demokratiit [Per BERTHELSEN]; Inuit Ataqatigiit or IA (Eskimo Brotherhood, a leftist party favoring complete independence from Denmark rather than home rule) [Josef MOTZFELDT]; Issituup (Polar Party) [Nicolai HEINRICH]; Kattusseqatigiit (Candidate List, an independent right-of-center party with no official platform [leader NA]; Siumut (Forward Party, a social democratic party advocating more distinct Greenlandic identity and greater autonomy from Denmark) [Hans ENOKSEN]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:
      NC, NIB

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

      Flag description:
      two equal horizontal bands of white (top) and red with a large disk slightly to the hoist side of center - the top half of the disk is red, the bottom half is white

      NOTE: The information regarding Greenland on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greenland Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greenland Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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