The daughter of an Inuit family grew up with two brothers to Uummannaq. After her father was killed in an accident on the hunt, her mother had to cope under difficult financial conditions the following years. Aleqa Hammond traveled since the age of 15 by different countries and studied from 1989 to 1991 in the Canadian Arctic College Nunavut Iqaluit on. Subsequently, she attended until 1993, the University of Greenland. She speaks seven languages, including German.
Hammond worked in the next few years in the Greenland tourism industry. From 1999 to 2003 she was Commissioner of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. The Greenlander has two children.
Aleqa Hammond was elected to the Greenland Parliament Inatsisartut in 2005 and until 2007 was Minister for Family and justice, then to 2008, Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs. During the elections on March 12, 2013 previously won the opposition Social Democrats and left 14 days later a coalition with the conservative Atassut and the separatist Partii Inuit. On 5 April 2013, it took up her post as prime minister. They also took over the Foreign Ministry.
It represents a way of Greenland in the political and economic independence and see the island belonging not considered part of Europe, but to North America. Through a stronger exploitation of the wealth independence from Denmark to be achieved.