Greenland’s history is influenced by strong connections with Denmark. In 1953, Greenland changed its status from being a colony to a constituency in the Danish Kingdom . This marked the beginning of modern society in Greenland and from this stage until 1979 the Greenlanders fought to obtain more autonomy. A struggle, which was intensified in the 1970s and led to the introduction of Greenlandic Home Rule in 1979.
In the following decades, Greenland’s Home Rule took over the administration of areas such as health, education, social affairs and housing, which were formerly administered by the Danish state. The next goal for Greenland was to gain even more influence in their own situation, especially in relation to the large reserves of minerals in the Greenlandic underground.
This led to an agreement about Greenlandic Self Rule from June 21st 2009 (Greenland’s National day). In addition to taking control over mining and natural resources, Greenland also gained the right to take over administration of several other areas. This came with the condition, however, that Greenland would now have to finance these areas formerly funded by Denmark.