Act on Greenland Self-Government
Recognising that the people of Greenland is a people pursuant to international law with the right of
self-determination, the Act is based on a wish to foster equality and mutual respect in the
partnership between Denmark and Greenland. Accordingly, the Act is based on an agreement
between Naalakkersuisut [Greenland Government] and the Danish Government as equal partners.
THE SELF-GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES AND THE COURTS
1. The Greenland Self-Government authorities shall exercise legislative and executive power in the
fields of responsibility taken over. Courts of law that are established by the Self-Government
authorities shall exercise judicial power in Greenland in all fields of responsibility. Accordingly, the
legislative power shall lie with Inatsisartut, the executive power with Naalakkersuisut, and the
judicial power with the courts of law.
THE SELF-GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES’ ASSUMPTION OF FIELDS OF
2. (1) The Greenland Self-Government authorities may determine that the fields of responsibility
that appear from the Schedule to this Act shall be transferred to the Self-Government authorities.
(2) To the extent that several fields of responsibility are listed under the same paragraph or number
in the Schedule to this Act, the fields of responsibility concerned shall be transferred to the
Greenland Self-Government authorities at the same time, but see subsection (3).
(3) The Greenland Self-Government authorities may determine that part of the fields of
responsibility that are listed in List I, para b and List II, Nos. 15, 25 and 27 in the Schedule to this
Act shall be transferred to the Self-Government authorities.
3. (1) Fields of responsibility that appear from List I of the Schedule shall be transferred to the
Greenland Self-Government authorities at points of time fixed by the Self-Government authorities.
(2) Fields of responsibility that appear from List II of the Schedule shall be transferred to the