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Yearbook 1999

Greenland. In February elections were held for the Greenlandic autonomy parliament, the county council. Despite a slight decline, the Social Democratic Party Siumut was able to retain the leadership of the self-government, the national government. The head of government, Siumut's leader Jonathan Motzfeldt, also remained in his post. New coalition partner to Siumut became the left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit, IA, who made a good choice with their demands for increased taxation of high incomes and independence from Denmark. The former government partner, Liberal Atassut, lost a fifth of its support and was allowed to go into opposition. IA made its mark on the new government's program, which included promised action against the obvious shortcomings in education, health care and the housing sector. The government also said it wanted to consider Denmark's independence in foreign policy matters.

1999 Greenland

In August, the Supreme Court of Eastern Denmark, ěstre Landsret, ruled that after 46 years, the Danish state would pay damages to 30 Inuit families in northern Greenland who were forcibly removed from the US military base Thule in 1953. The Danish government accepted the verdict and made a written apology. However, some of the forced displaced appealed against and demanded higher damages.

During the year, it was revealed that during the Cold War, the United States was secretly placing nuclear weapons in a number of countries, including on Greenland. This was evidenced by previously secretly stamped defense documents in Washington.

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