Greenland and the Faroe Islands

The international rules mentioned on this website do not apply to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

 

Child abduction between Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands

If a child is abducted between the three parts of the realm, it is not a case of international child abduction. An example might be abduction of a child from Greenland to Denmark.

If the parent has a decision on custody or the child’s residence, the parent should contact the bailiff’s court to have the decision enforced and the child returned.

 

Going from Denmark to Greenland or the Faroe Islands

If the parents have joint custody, and custody is in dispute, both parents must consent to the child going to or taking up its residence in Greenland or the Faroe Islands. However, the following exceptions apply:

    • The State Administration has made a decision on travelling or residence during custody proceedings under the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility.
    • The court has issued a judgment on residence in Greenland or the Faroe Islands under the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility.

 

International child abductions

If your child is about to be abducted from Greenland or the Faroe Islands to another country, you should contact your local police station.

If your child has already been abducted to another country, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs handles the case. You can either contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs directly or contact the Child Abduction Unit which coordinates the efforts to get your child back.