Suka K. Frederiksen (July 18, 1965 – July 21, 2020) was the Foreign Minister of Greenland.
Frederiksen was a member of the Inatsisartut since 2014 and held the position of Minister of Independence, Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture since 2016.
Early life and education
Suka K. Frederiksen was born on July 18, 1965 in Narsaq, Greenland. From 2007 to 2010, she completed a management diploma and a bachelor of commerce.
In 1986, Frederiksen started her career as an office clerk and worked for HK Commercial. She spent the next five years at a sheep farm before working briefly at a grocery store in Greenland. In 1994, Frederiksen started a ten-year position as a principal for Narsaq before moving on and held managerial positions in Kujalleq Municipality.
Frederiksen started her career in politics as a city councilor for Narsaq Municipality in 2005. After her position ended in 2009, her next political position came in 2014 when she was elected to the Inatsisartut. During her time at the Inatsisartut, she became the first Minister of Independence for Greenland in 2016. As Minister of Independence, Frederiksen led a committee that began drafting a constitution for Greenland on the basis of a potential independence.
In 2017, Frederiksen was named Foreign Minister of Greenland after Vittus Qujaukitsoq resigned and became in charge of international relations between Greenland and Denmark. During her term as Foreign Minister, Frederiksen declared that a prior complaint by Qujaukitsoq to the United Nations was retracted and that the complaint was made by him alone.
Frederiksen died on July 21, 2020, at the age of 55 after a long illness.
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