Parliament of Greenland

Coat of arms or logo
Political groups
Government (22)
  Inuit Ataqatigiit (12)
  Siumut (10)

Opposition (9)

  Naleraq (4)
  Democrats (3)
  Atassut (2)
Open list proportional representation with a 2% election threshold[citation needed]
Last election
6 April 2021
Next election
2025 (expected)
Meeting place
Inatsisartut, Nuuk

The Inatsisartut (Greenlandic: Inatsisartut, lit.'those who make the law';[1] Greenlandic pronunciation: [inatt͡sisɑtːʉt] Danish: Landstinget, lit.'the land's-thing of Greenland'), also known as the Parliament of Greenland in English,[2] is the unicameral parliament (legislative branch) of Greenland, an autonomous territory[3] in the Danish realm. Established in 1979, it meets in Inatsisartut, on the islet of Nuuk Center in central Nuuk.

There are 31 members, who are elected for four-year periods by proportional representation.

History of the parliament

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.


Main article: List of speakers of the Inatsisartut

See also: List of chairmen of the Landsråd of Greenland

The speaker is the presiding officer of the Inatsisartut. The speaker determines which members may speak, and is responsible for maintaining order. On October 3, 2018, Siumut had Vivian Motzfeldt, the outgoing Foreign Minister, elected. On the 16th of April 2021, Hans Enoksen was elected again.[4][5]

The speaker is nominated by the prime minister immediately following a general election and is confirmed by members; the speaker appoints four deputies.[6]

Current members

See also: List of members of the Inatsisartut and Elections in Greenland

Recent results

The most recent elections were held on 8 April 2021.

Inuit Ataqatigiit9,93337.44+11.6612+4
Nunatta Qitornai6392.41–1.040–1
Cooperation Party3761.42–2.690–1
Valid votes26,52897.86
Invalid/blank votes5812.14
Total votes27,109100.00
Registered voters/turnout41,12665.92–5.94

Composition since 1979


See also


  1. ^ "What is Inatsisartut". Parliament of Greenland. Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  2. ^ "About the Greenlandic Parliament". The Greenlandic Parliament. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  3. ^ * Benedikter, Thomas (19 June 2006). "The working autonomies in Europe". Society for Threatened Peoples. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2019. Denmark has established very specific territorial autonomies with its two island territories
    • Ackrén, Maria (November 2017). "Greenland". Autonomy Arrangements in the World. Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019. Faroese and Greenlandic are seen as official regional languages in the self-governing territories belonging to Denmark.
    • "Greenland". International Cooperation and Development. European Commission. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2019. Greenland [...] is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark
  4. ^ "Her er Mútes Naalakkersuisut". Sermitsiaq.AG (in Danish). Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Múte Egede er ny formand for Naalakkersuisut". KNR (in Danish). Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  6. ^ "The Presidency of Inatsisartut". The Greenlandic Parliament. Archived from the original on 27 October 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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