Greenland has opened its first diplomatic representation office in Washington DC which will be based inside the Embassy of Denmark.
The Head of Representation Inuuteq Hold Olsen said that they have opened the office with the aim of furthering Greenland’s target of self-determination while, at the same time, creating greater political and economic ties with other countries, particularly the United States.
He went on to say that the office in the US capital will also help the autonomous region establish closer relations with countries to the west, most notably the United States and Canada.
The office in Washington becomes Greenland’s second diplomatic representation overseas following the establishment of first office in Brussels in 1992. The head of representation said that the Belgium-based office has played a key role in developing the relationship between the European Union and Greenland.
Greenland, formerly a Danish colony, formed a Home Rule government in 1979. It is currently in the process of taking control of the majority of its affairs, excluding defence and foreign affairs, which are still controlled by Denmark’s government.