Institutions, Resources, and the Governance of Postcolonial Greenland

  • Richard C. Powell
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series (STANTS)


There are different visions of Greenland. For the inhabitants, Kalaallit Nunaat is a homeland with increasing autonomy and independence.1 For most of the world, Greenland is often reduced to its ice cap, a ‘global laboratory’ for science, and an emblem of climate change for environmental NGOs and, increasingly, global civil society. For Denmark, the island is a constituent part of the Danish Kingdom. For North Americans, especially the US military, Greenland is geographically, geologically, and continentally part of North America. For some representatives in the European Parliament or the European Commission, Greenland is part of Europe, offering a further window for the European Union to develop its Northern Dimension. For many new actors in the Arctic, whether for multi-nationals wanting to develop resources or Asian states such as China and South Korea, Greenland is depicted as a ‘newly-independent state’ seeking new partners for development.


European Economic Community North Atlantic Treaty Organization Global Civil Society Nordic Region Postcolonial Theory 
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