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    Greenland Government - 1991

      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)

      Executive branch: Danish monarch, high commissioner, home rule chairman, prime minister, Cabinet (Landsstyre)

      Legislative branch: unicameral Landsting

      Judicial branch: High Court (Landsret)

      Leaders: Chief of State--Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Bent KLINTE (since NA); Head of Government--Home Rule Chairman Lars Emil JOHANSEN (since 15 March 1991)

      Political parties and leaders: two-party ruling coalition--Siumut (a moderate socialist party that advocates more distinct Greenlandic identity and greater autonomy from Denmark), Lars Emil JOHANSEN, chairman; and Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA; a Marxist-Leninist party that favors complete independence from Denmark rather than home rule); Atassut Party (a more conservative party that favors continuing close relations with Denmark), leader NA; Polar Party (conservative-Greenland nationalist), leader NA; Center Party (a new nonsocialist protest party), leader NA

      Suffrage: universal at age 18

      Elections: Landsting--last held on 5 March 1991 (next to be held 5 March 1995); results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(27 total) Siumut 11, Atassut Party 8, Inuit Ataqatigiit 5, Center Party 2, Polar Party 1; Danish Folketing--last held on 12 December 1990 (next to be held by December 1994); Greenland elects two representatives to the Folketing; results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(2 total) Siumut 1, Atassut 1

      Member of: NC

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

      Flag: 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 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greenland Government 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greenland Government 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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