|Minister of Foreign Affairs and Nordic Cooperation|
|Prime Minister||Jonas Høyem|
|Preceded by||Valdemar Svensmark|
|Succeeded by||Thorkild Andersen|
|Ambassador of Greenland to the United Commonwealth|
Assumed office |
25 November 2018
|Prime Minister||Viktor Andreasen|
|Preceded by||Henrik Bjarnason|
17 August 1952|
|Political party||Conservative People's Party|
|Alma mater||Stockholm University|
Björn Arildskov (born 17 August 1952) is a Greenlandic and Swedish diplomat and politician. He had been Greenland's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Nordic Cooperation from 1987 to 1991. He was also member of the Parliament of Greenland from 1995 until 2002, during which he was the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee as well as a member of the Greenland-Rainier, Greenland-Superior, and Greenland-Maritime Republic parliamentary groups. Arildskov was a member of the Greenlandic delegations to the Conference of American States, Nordic Council, and Arctic Council from 2002 to 2017. In 2018, he was appointed as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Greenland to the United Commonwealth.
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Arildskov was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1952 and moved with his family to Greenland at age 5. Being raised in Greenland, he later graduated from Stockholm University and joined the Greenlandic Foreign Ministry in 1976. Arildskov worked at the Greenlandic embassies in China, Sierra, the United Kingdom, and Vatican City before becoming Foreign Minister in Jonas Høyem's government in 1987. He held that post until 1991 and later was elected as a member of the Parliament of Greenland for the Conservative People's Party in 1995. During that time he was the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and several parliamentary groups on relations with Rainier, Superior, and the Maritime Republic, and was a supporter of Greenland joining the Conference of American States. After leaving parliament in 2002 he worked in the Greenlandic delegations to the CAS, the Nordic Council, and the Arctic Council until 2017.