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Legal Status of Eastern Greenland (Norway v. Denmark)

Permanent Court of International Justice
1933 P.C.I.J. (ser. A/B) No. 53, at 71


Facts

In the 1920s, Norway occupied and claimed as its own parts of Eastern Greenland, a territory previously claimed by Denmark. A Danish diplomatic representative asked Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs about the country’s intentions toward Eastern Greenland. The Minister replied that Norway did not intend to contest Danish sovereignty over the whole of Greenland. Denmark later sued Norway before the Permanent Court of International Justice on the ground that Norway violated Danish sovereignty in Eastern Greenland.

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