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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Greenland Moves Toward Independence

The Arctic territory of Greenland has begun a new era of self-rule after 300 years under Danish authority, moving closer to independence with a potential oil bonanza below its icecap.

The new status took effect as Greenland celebrated its national day, six months after 75 per cent of voters approved a referendum to hand more power to the local government and take control of the island's vast natural resources. Festivities began with a flag-raising ceremony, while Denmark's Queen Margrethe and its prime minister, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, attended the event.

Denmark granted Greenland limited sovereignty when its parliament approved home rule in 1979. But the self-rule status, agreed after years of negotiations, gives the island of 57,000 inhabitants more control over its gas, gold and diamond reserves.

New flag of Greenland

link: Greenland takes step toward independence from Denmark - Telegraph


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