The Mineral Resources Act

The Mineral Resource Act is the framework legislation for all activities related to mineral exploration and exploitation. 

Greenland Parliament Act no. 7 of December 7, 2009, on mineral resources and mineral resource activities (the Mineral Resources Act) came into force on January 1st 2010. The act is valid with following amendments:

  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 26 of 18 December 2012
  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 6 of 8 June 2014
  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 16 of 3 June 2015
  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 34 of 28 November 2016

The Act is intended as a framework act, constituting the main principles for the administration of mineral resource activities. Further, the Act authorizes the Government of Greenland to lay down provisions in executive orders, standard license terms, as well as specific license terms. The Act aims to ensure that activities under the Act are securely performed with regards to safety, health, environment, resource exploitation, social sustainability, and assurance that all activities are conducted in accordance with acknowledged best international practices under similar conditions.

Please see below for a full list of the Mineral Resource Act, amendments to the Act and explanatory notes to the Act.

Other relevant acts and rules

Please see the documemt list below for other acts and rules that are of relevance to mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation in Greenland. Please be aware that all of the listed docuemnts below are unofficiel translations. 


Legal Disclaimer

The Government of Greenland and the Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) have taken  meassures to provide accurate information on this website. However, the Government of Greenland and the MRA shall not be responsible or liable in any manner for any error, omission or inaccuracy in the information regarding the Acts on this website and/or for any damage, loss or cost directly or indirectly caused by or arising out of any such error, omission or inaccuracy. For the official, and legally binding, Acts, please see the official legal documents in Greenlandic or Danish at