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Famous people from Greenland

Here is a list of famous people from Greenland. Curious if anybody from Greenland made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Jesper Grønkjær

Soccer

Jesper Grønkjær is a former Danish professional football player. A pacey winger, he was able to play on the right or left wing and as a second striker. Grønkjær played a total 400 league games for a number of European clubs, most notably winning the 1999 Dutch Cup with Ajax Amsterdam and playing more than 100 games for English club Chelsea FC. He ended his career with FC Copenhagen, winning four Danish Superliga titles with the club. Grønkjær was capped 80 times for the Danish national team from 1999 to 2010, scoring five goals. He played for his country at the 2002 World Cup and the 2010 World Cup, as well as two European Championship tournaments. He was named 1995 Danish Under-19 Player of the Year.

Rasmus Lerdorf

Programmer

Rasmus Lerdorf is a Danish programmer with Canadian citizenship. He is best known for creating the PHP scripting language, authoring the first two versions of the language and participating in the development of later versions led by a group of developers including Jim Winstead, Stig Bakken, Shane Caraveo, Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski. He continues to contribute to the project.

Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen

Explorer

Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen was a Danish polar explorer and anthropologist. He has been called the "father of Eskimology" and was the first European to cross the Northwest Passage via dog sled. He remains well known in Greenland, Denmark and among Canadian Inuit.

Aleqa Hammond

Politician

Aleqa Hammond is a Greenlandic politician. Currently the leader of the Siumut party, she became the country's first female Prime Minister after her party emerged as the largest in the 2013 elections.

Kuupik Kleist

Politician

Jakob Edvard Kuupik Kleist is a Greenlandic politician who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Greenland between 2009 and 2013. A member of the Inuit Ataqatigiit party, he was the first Prime Minister not affiliated with Siumut.

Galarrwuy Yunupingu

Film crewmember

Galarrwuy Yunupingu, AM is a leader in the Australian Indigenous community, and has been involved in the fight for Land Rights throughout his career.

Minik Wallace

Man

Minik Wallace was an Inuk brought as a child in 1897 from Greenland to New York with his father and others by the explorer Robert Peary. The six Inuit were studied by staff of the American Museum of Natural History, which had custody. The adults and one child died soon of tuberculosis, and one young man was returned to Greenland. After deceiving Minik by a staged burial, the museum put the skeleton of his father on exhibit. Adopted by the chief curator, William Wallace, Minik did not return to Greenland until after 1910. A few years later, he came back to the United States, where he lived and worked until dying of influenza in the 1918 pandemic.

Rasmus Lyberth

Singer-songwriter

Rasmus Ole Lyberth is a Greenlandic singer, songwriter and actor. Since 1970, he was one of the most popular artists in the Greenlandic music scene. His music is well known beyond the borders of Greenland.

Lars Emil Johansen

Politician

Lars Emil Johansen was the second Prime Minister of Greenland who served from 1991 to 1997. Johansen was chairman of the political party Siumut between 1987 and 1997, seated in the Landsting from its creation in 1979. Prior to the creation of the Landsting, he represented Greenland in the Parliament of Denmark from 1973, a position he regained in 2001 and still holds. He was born in Illorsuit, a small settlement near Uummannaq in the Qaasuitsup municipality. In 1970, Johansen finished his education as a teacher, and the following year he was elected for the Greenland country council, the most powerful local authority in Greenland prior to the creation of the Landsting. He has been appointed a Commander of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, as well as two types of the Nersornaat, the silver Nersornaat and the golden Nersornaat. Order of Dannebrog, Knight Commander of the Norwegian Star.

Nick Nicely

Psychedelic rock Artist

nick nicely is a British musician making psychedelic rock and electronic music. His ouvre contains the acclaimed early 80s singles, notably 'Hilly Fields', UK National Dance Chart singles in the 90s and solo albums/singles in recent years .

Jonathan Motzfeldt

Politician

Jonathan Motzfeldt was the first and third Prime Minister of Greenland. From 1979 to 1988, in 1997 and from 2003 to 2008, he was Chairman of the Greenland Landsting. He was prime minister twice, from 1 May 1979 to 18 March 1991 and from 19 September 1997 to 14 December 2002. At the time of his death Motzfeldt was the current president of the West Nordic Council. After having placed himself at the forefront of the political emancipation process that Greenland's population began in earnest in the early 1970s, Motzfeldt became synonymous with the Greenland Home Rule. In the same manner as he stepped forward borne on the shoulders of the true pioneers of the independence movement, he secured almost absolute power through a series of spectacular and often quite brutal political cleansing processess. In these purges old comrades like Lars Emil Johansen, Moses Olsen, Lars Chemnitz and Emil Abelsen were pushed into the political sidelines. After a prolonged period with an increasingly uncontrolled alcohol abuse, and a series of spectacular scandals Motzfeldt was forced to resign as Prime Minister in 1991. However, he was awarded a number of key positions in the publicly owned portion of Greenland's economy. The post of Prime Minister thereafter went to Lars Emil Johansen. Due in part, but not exclusively, to the latter's own alcoholism, Motzfeldt took the post of Prime Minister again in 1997. He held this post until 2001, when he was forced to call new elections because of serious criticism from the parliament of management of the Home Rule's economy. The post of Prime Minister then went to Enoksen. Motzfeldt was then again chairman of the Greenland Parliament. In this post he marked himself mostly as a political retreat figure who failed to contribute positively to Greenland's continuing political development. His last political year were marked by renewed abuse and uncontrolled economic consumption on travel and so-called representation.

Hans Enoksen

Politician

Hans Enoksen is a Greenlandic politician who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Greenland from 2002 to 2009. A Greenlandic monoglot, he has been a member of the Parliament of Greenland since 1995. He became Minister for Fisheries, Hunting and Settlements and chairman of the political party Siumut in 2001. He was elected prime minister on December 14, 2002, his party winning a mere 28%, a 7% percent drop from in the previous election in 1999, but still enough to win. After his election he began an alliance with left wing party, Inuit Ataqatigiit. The two parties began discussing how to change the agreement with Denmark and the U.S. about how much Greenland should receive in compensation for the U.S. airbase situated outside the town of Thule, in the north of the country. In the 2009 election, the IA beat him with 43% of the vote compared to Enoksen's Suimut party's 26%. After the 2009 defeat, Hans Enoksen retired as leader of Siumut.

Josef Motzfeldt

Politician

Josef Motzfeldt is a Greenland politician of Inuit and German descent who served as Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs in the Greenland Homerule Government of 2009-2013. He is president of the West Nordic Council, member of the Parliament of Greenland and leader of the Inuit Community party. He is the incumbent Chairman of Parliament. His daughter is Nukaaka Coster-Waldau, a Greenlandic singer and actress who is married to Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Aqqaluk Lynge

Author

Aqqaluk Lynge was the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council from 1995 to 2002. He is a former member of the Parliament of Greenland and one of the founders of the Greenlandic political party Inuit Ataqatigiit. An indigenous Kalaallit, Lynge is a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which is an advisory body to the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council. The Forum examines indigenous issues such as economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

Jens Rosing

Deceased Person

Jens Christian Rosing was a Greenlandic artist notable for designing the coat of arms of Greenland, many Greenlandic postage stamps, as well as illustrated children's books and water colors. Rosing was born in Ilulissat, Greenland, son of priest and artist Otto Rosing. He married Dagny Rosing, who is Danish, and they had 3 boys and one girl. Until the late 1950s, they lived in the fjords of Nuuk, Greenland. They lived for many years in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark. Rosing was known as the number one stamp designer for Greenland. Throughout his 50 year career, Rosing produced 130 stamp designs, and his first design was produced in the 1950s. The first design was a commemorative stamp for Greenland. It had a scene featured on it from the Mother of the Sea. There are two versions of the stamp. The first stamp was printed in 1957 in a green-blue color. The reprint was in 1961, in just a blue color. In 1962, another stamp was created from Drum Dance, and in 1966 a stamp showing The Boy and the Fox was created. In 1985, the coat of arms stamp was designed by Rosing. The stamp does feature a standing polar bear, in which Rosing did not design. The last stamp was created in 2007. It features dogs pulling a sled in an unknown place in Greenland.

Agnethe Davidsen

Politician

Agnethe Davidsen was the first female government minister in Greenland. Most recently, she served over 14 years as mayor of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, until her sudden death aged 60. In 1983, Davidsen was appointed to the Parliament as substitute for Hans Pavia Rosing, representing the social democrat-oriented Forward party. Later that year, she was appointed as Member of Parliament for social affairs, thereby becoming the first female member of the Landsstyret. In 1989, she was elected to the city council of Nuuk, again under the banner of the Forward party, and between 1989 and 1991 held the position of second vice mayor. After the election of 1991, she was appointed first vice mayor and in 1993, she became the mayor of the city and presiding officer of the city council. In 1997, Davidsen was inducted by Queen Margrethe II into the Order of the Dannebrog

Jonathan Petersen

Composer

Jonathan Petersen was a Greenlandic songwriter. He composed the music to the national anthem of Greenland, Nunarput utoqqarsuanngoravit. The lyrics were written by the Greenlandic pastor Henrik Lund, and the song was adopted as the national anthem in 1916.

Maliina Abelsen

Woman

Maliina Abelsen is a Greenlandic politician and MP for the party Inuit Ataqatigiit, holding the position of the Minister for Finance in the Government of Greenland, in office since March 2011. Between June 2009 and March 2011 Maliina Abelsen was holding the position of the Minister for Social Affairs in the Government of Greenland. Abelsen was born in 1976 in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, and currently resides there with two children and a husband.

Ole Jørgen Hammeken

Screenwriter

Ole Jørgen Hammeken − born in 1956 in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, of Maritha and Motzflot Hammeken − is a Greenlandic explorer and actor, based in Uummannaq, a town in northwestern Greenland.

Samuel Kleinschmidt

Deceased Person

Samuel Petrus Kleinschmidt was a German/Danish missionary linguist born in Greenland known for having written extensively about the Greenlandic language and having invented the orthography used for writing this language from 1851 to 1973. He was born to a couple of Moravian missionaries in the rectory of Lichtenau in southern Greenland. As a youth he went to school in Germany and Denmark studying Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, as well as Dutch, French, and English, all the while retaining his childhood languages, Danish, German, and Greenlandic. In 1840 he returned to Greenland, after two years he held his first sermon in Greenlandic, speaking it fluently and plainly rather than using old worn out idioms of the previous ministers. He already finished his grammar of Greenlandic in 1845. He sent it to printing at the University of Berlin but it was not be published until 1851. It was exceptional because it didn't use the traditional scheme of the Latin grammar to describe its subject, but rather devised a new scheme more suited for the Greenlandic language. This grammar was also the first work to employ the orthography which became the standard in writing Greenlandic until the reform of 1973. In 1859 he left the Moravian church to join the Church of Denmark. Most of his time in Greenland he served as a teacher rather than as a priest. He also translated the better part of the Bible into Greenlandic. He died in 1886 at 72 years of age in Neu-Herrnhut, having spent the 54 of them in Greenland.

Angaangaq Lyberth

Man

Angaangaq is a Kalaallit Inuk. He has been quoted on the effects of global warming in Greenland. He has represented the Arctic peoples in the United Nations General Assembly, and frequently speaks before governments and universities. Angaangaq was raised in a remote village in Greenland where the influence of Christianity was minimal. His grandmother Aanakasaa, herself a healer, recognized him as a baby to be the one to carry on the tradition of healer in the family. She trained him to become the next shaman. It was only in 2004 that Angaangaq accepted the request of his family to become their Angakoq. It is a very serious request, not to be taken lightly. After years of being the runner to the world for his Elders, bringing the message of the melting of the ice, Angaangaq went to the sacred mountain to speak to the Creator. When he came down from the mountain he accepted the immense responsibility of being a shaman.

Jeppe Kolstrup

Film Director

Jeppe Kolstrup is a film director.

Karla Jessen Williamson

Woman

Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson is Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America, the first woman and first Inuk to hold the position. Fluent in Danish, English, and Greenlandic Inuktitut, she is a notable educator and researcher on cross-culturalism, multiculturalism, antiracism, and Aboriginal epistemology.

Niklas Kreutzmann

Football player

Jørgen Brønlund

Man

Jørgen Brønlund, was a Greenlandic polar explorer, educator, and catechist. He participated in two Danish expeditions to Greenland in the early 20th century.

Anders Hove

Actor

Anders Hove is an actor.

Hermann Berthelsen

Man

Hermann Berthelsen is a Greenlandic politician and affiliated with the Siumut party. As of July 2010, Berthelsen is the mayor of Sisimiut, a town in central-western Greenland, and the administrative center of the Qeqqata municipality.

Mariane Petersen

Poet

Mariane Petersen is a translator and author.