Arctic autonomy

THE PEOPLE of Greenland have voted in favour of a plan to give the country greater autonomy from Denmark.

According to officials, more than 75 per cent of voters supported the plan, which would enable Greenland to take a greater share of its annual oil revenues, take control of police, courts and coast guards and have some say in foreign policy. If proposals are enacted, Greenland’s official language would become Kalaallisutm instead of Danish.

Greenland gained self-rule in 1979, after previously being a colony and then a province of Denmark.