Posted by: secretperson | November 30, 2008

Greenland Votes for More Self-Rule

Scotland’s ambitions for independence seem to have taken a hit in the current financial crisis, but those of Greenland haven’t. 76% of voters supported a proposal which will see increased independence from Denmark, the adoption of Greenlandic as the official tongue and perhaps most importantly control over their natural resources, including oil. The Danish government supported the referendum.

A subsidy from Denmark is to be halted, but Greenland will keep a set share of oil revenues. Denmark will continue to represent Greenland in foreign affairs, although Greenland already has some independence in this matter, not being an EU member even though Denmark is.

I wonder if Alex Salmond is watching this and getting any ideas.

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  1. Good luck to the Greenlanders – independence for small nations is the way forward.


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