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105 Arctic Yearbook 2015 with equal rights. These labels reflect the different wording in the Home Rule Act and in the Act on Self Government respectively. When the Home Rule Act was introduced in 1979 it was “[…] in recognition of the special status which Greenland occupies in national, cultural and geographical terms within the kingdom” (Hjemmestyreloven 1979. Author’s translation), which is a formulation that mirrors the contemporary perception of Greenlanders as a minority (Thisted 2012: 612). With words such as ‘equality’, ‘mutual respect’ and ‘partnership’ the Act on Self Government broke with this characterisation and the historic subordination within the Danish Realm (ibid.). Other subject position pairs can sometimes also be identified in the communication, but it is with reference to these historical documents that ‘minority’ and ‘equal partner’ are the preferred guiding difference throughout the analysis. On the international level, Greenland’s collective identity narrative seems to be clear and unambiguous and although the consensus on certain central values is relatively sedimented, the different political parties do, however, have different perceptions of how static or dynamic the Greenland nation is. Before we turn to the foreign policy analysis, the following section will, thus, briefly describe some of the nuances present in the domestic debates about what constitutes the Greenlandic collective identity. Domestic nuances on how Greenland should develop as a nation On 25 November 2008, 75.5 percent of all eligible Greenlanders voted for the Act on Greenland SelfGovernment, which acknowledges Greenlanders as “a people pursuant to international law with the right of self-determination” (2009: 1). On 21 June 2009 the Act on Self-Government entered into force whereby the legal obstacles on the road towards full independence were removed with the sentence: “Decision regarding Greenland’s