Greenland. G. continued during the year to work for
increased independence towards Denmark. The
self-government's "head of government", the country's
chairman Jonathan Motzfeldt, explained that G. should have
greater influence over foreign policy and more direct
contact with the heads of other countries.
An old Greenlandic requirement was met in July when
self-government took over the management of the island's
mineral deposits. High hopes are linked to gold exploration
going on in the south and gas and oil wells that started in
the sea west of G. In 1999, the decisive obstacle to
Greenland's liberation is the weak economy, and G. is
dependent on Denmark's annual contribution of SEK 2.6
billion. SEK, almost SEK 50,000. per inhabitant.