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    Greenland Government - 1989

      Long-form name: none

      Type: part of the Danish realm; self-governing overseas administrative division

      Capital: Nuuk (Godthab)

      Administrative divisions: 3 municipalities (kommuner, singular--kommun); Nordgronland, Ostgronland, Vestgronland

      Independence: part of the Danish realm; self-governing overseas administrative division

      Constitution: Danish

      Legal system: Danish

      National holiday: Birthday of the Queen, 16 April (1940)

      Branches: legislative authority rests jointly with the elected 27-seat Landsting and Danish parliament; executive power vested in home rule chairman and four-person council

      Leaders: @m5Chief of State--Queen MARGRETHE II (since NA January 1972); @m5Head of Government--Home Rule Chairman Jonathan MOTZFELDT (since NA May 1979)

      Suffrage: universal, but not compulsory, over age 21

      Elections: held every four years; most recent, 26 May 1987

      Political parties: Siumut (moderate socialist, advocates more distinct Greenlandic identity and greater autonomy from Denmark); Atassut Party (more conservative, favors continuing close relations with Denmark); Inuit Ataqatigiit (Marxist-Leninist party that favors complete independence from Denmark rather than home rule); Polar Party (Conservative-Greenland Nationalist)

      Voting strength: Siumut 11 seats (39.8%), Atassut Party 11 seats (40.1%), Inuit Ataqatigiit 4 seats (15.3%), Polar Party 1 seat (4.5%)

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

      Flag: the flag of Denmark is used

      NOTE: The information regarding Greenland on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greenland Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greenland Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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