The Danish Realm in the Arctic

Hallbera West

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Arctic regional development challenges the Danish Realm construction. The
geopolitical importance has increased the focus on the two sub-state units,
the Faroe Islands and Greenland, which demand more influence and room to
conduct paradiplomacy. The Arctic Council is the most important
international institution in the region, and this article focuses on different
options for the distinct political units within the Realm to seek influence and
oversee the development. Previous research has addressed options on the
governmental level, but this article emphasizes additional parliamentaryrelated options. In addition, the article focuses on the strategic level of this
type of activity. The investigation shows that Greenland and the Faroe Islands
use multiple options, but that the Danish Folketing compared to the Løgting
and Inatsisartut is more strategic in the use of options, and that the Folketing
allocates central Arctic-related parliamentary seats to North Atlantic MPs to
legitimate the Arctic state position.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalRegional and federal studies
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • The Danish Realm
  • Arctic development
  • Arctic council
  • parliamentary diplomacy
  • paradiplomacy


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