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Now: The largest island in the world can become an independent country – a huge achievement

Now: The largest island in the world can become an independent country – a huge achievement

The island has taken big steps towards independence recently.

Last week, Greenland's parliament decided to task a new committee with operationalizing Article 21 of the Autonomy Act, SR reports.

It is a clause that gives the island the right to independence.

– This is a real process, and not just political rhetoric, says Inek Kielsen, a political commentator in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, to the radio channel.

He is not identified as Danish

Greenland is the largest island in the world by area with a population of approximately 56,000 people.

Today the island belongs to Denmark, but has enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since 1979.

But the island now hopes to become a fully independent country.

Many say that Greenlanders do not consider themselves Danes, so they want to become independent from Denmark.

– Greenlanders identify themselves as Greenlanders, not Danes, says Ennek Kelsen.

It might be a referendum

Greenland's independence has been on the horizon for a long time, but now it may be about to become a reality.

The first step to starting the independence process in earnest would be to hold a referendum.

Such an event may actually happen within a year or two, SR reports.

If the people vote for independence, Greenland can begin negotiations with Denmark.

The agreement is on a voluntary basis

Many in Greenland believe that Greenland's independence can be based on a free association agreement with another country.

This means receiving security guarantees and support on a voluntary basis.

Such an agreement could be concluded with Denmark, Canada or the United States of America.

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Trump wants to buy Greenland

The issue of Greenland's independence temporarily attracted world attention when former US President Donald Trump suggested that the United States should buy Greenland.

Such attempts had also been made earlier in history.

Trump may make another such attempt if he becomes president of the United States again, Newsweek reported.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen previously rejected Trump's proposal, calling it “ridiculous.”

Photo: Annie Spratt

Text: Editors