STOCKHOLM, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Greenland upgraded its
political status into self-rule from home rule on Sunday, said reports reaching
here from Nuuk, capital of the Arctic island.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe (C) and Prince Consort Henrik (R) arrive at the cathedral of Nuuk, Annaasissitta Oqaluffia, June 21, 2009 to celebrate the start of the Greenland Self-government. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Greenland will take control of the police and the
courts and have its official language Greenlandic, a language related to Inuit,
according to the self-rule agreement approved by Greenlanders in a referendum in
Greenland will also keep a greater share of revenue
from its natural resources, although much of the oil, gas, gold and diamonds the
island holds has been inaccessible because of the Arctic ice that covers most of
the land mass.
But the security, foreign and monetary issues in Greenland will still be decided by Denmark in the future.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe hands over the law of Self government to the chairman of the Greenland Parliament, Josef Motzfeldt at a ceremony at the Greenland parliament, the Landstinget, in Nuuk June 21, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Danish Queen Margrethe, dressed in Greenlandic
national costumes, handed over the self-rule documents to the Speaker of
Greenland's Parliament, Josef Motzfeldt at a ceremony in Nuuk. Danish Prime
Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen also attended the ceremony.
Greenland, which is the largest island in the world
with more than 57,000 inhabitants, is part of the Kingdom of Denmark and has had
home rule since 1979.