The unity of the Realm

The Faroe Islands and Greenland are parts of the Danish Realm. Due to their special status nationally, historically and geographically, these parts of the realm have an extensive type of self-government.

The Self-Government Arrangements transfer political competence and responsibility from the Danish political authorities to the Faroese and the Greenlandic political authorities. The Faroese and Greenlandic authorities administer the tasks taken over from the state, enact legislation in these specific fields and have the economic responsibility for solving these tasks. The Danish state provides an annual grant to the Faroese and the Greenlandic authorities.

The Faroe Islands’ Home Rule was established in 1948 and Greenland’s Home Rule was established in 1979. In 2005, a new self-government arrangement came into force in the Faroe Islands, and in 2009 a self-government arrangement for Greenland replaced the Greenland Home Rule Arrangement. General questions about the Home Rule agreements are the responsibility of the Prime Minister’s Office. The High Commissioners for Greenland and for the Faroe Islands belong under the Prime Minister’s Office.

The various cabinet ministers deal with matters concerning the Faroe Islands and Greenland that fall within their ministerial fields.

The Prime Minister’s Office publishes a register of legislation applying to Greenland (Grønlandsk Lovregister) which can be found under “Publications” of The Prime Minister’s Office.

The High Commissioners for the Faroe Islands publishes an annual report and in cooperation with the Government of the Faroese a register of legislation applying to the Faroe Islands (Færøsk Lovregister), which can be found at the homepage of the High Commissioners for the Faroe Islands.

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