Greenland took over courts, police as part of self-rule arrangement with Denmark

On June 21, 2009, Greenland enacted a self-rule arrangement with Denmark that established more autonomy for the north Atlantic island. Under the arrangement, Greenland took full control of law enforcement and domestic courts and gained a larger percentage of the mineral resources revenue from the island. The new system of self-governance emerged as the result of a November 2008 referendum where over 75 percent of Greenlanders voted in favor of more autonomy from Denmark. Greenland, which has been under Danish rule since 1814, continues to be a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but operates as an autonomous country, with the Danish Queen retained as the highest leader and the Danish Supreme Court as the highest court.


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