Eqalugaarsuit

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Eqalugaarsuit
Eqalugaarsuit is located in Greenland
Eqalugaarsuit
Eqalugaarsuit
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 60°37′20″N 45°54′35″W / 60.62222°N 45.90972°W / 60.62222; -45.90972Coordinates: 60°37′20″N 45°54′35″W / 60.62222°N 45.90972°W / 60.62222; -45.90972
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Kujalleq-coat-of-arms.svg Kujalleq
Government
 • Mayor Lars Boassen[1]
Population (2010)
 • Total 144
Time zone UTC-03
Postal code 3920 Qaqortoq

Eqalugaarsuit (old spelling: Eqalugârssuit) is a settlement in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland, located southeast of Qaqortoq and northwest of Alluitsup Paa.[2] Its population was 144 in 2010.[3]

Until January, 2009, the settlement—along Qassimiut and Saarloq, as well as 13 sheep farms—belonged to the Qaqortoq municipality. On January 1, 2009, the settlement became part of the Kujalleq municipality, when the Narsaq, Qaqortoq, and Nanortalik municipalities ceased to exist. The settlements are presently governed by a joint settlement council.[1]

Economy[edit]

The main occupations are hunting and fishing. There are currently plans of introducing muskox to the surrounding area, as a source of food and traditional hide, called qiviut, and as a tourist attraction.

Infrastructure[edit]

The settlement has two general stores, operated by KNI. There is also a church, a service house, and a home for the elderly. The settlement has its own school--Daanialiup atuarfia[4]—presently with approximately 30 pupils. The school consists of three classrooms, a kitchen, and an office.[5] The settlement has its own soccer field.

There are no cars in the settlement, the only motorized transportation is by tractors or 4-wheel-drive buggies. The settlement has a heliport. The harbour has a wharf, a port, and a separate fishing dock.


Population[edit]

Most towns and settlements in southern Greenland exhibit negative growth patterns over the last two decades, with many settlements rapidly depopulating. The population of Eqalugaarsuit has decreased nearly a third relative to the 1990 levels, and over 12 percent relative to the 2000 levels.[3]

Eqalugaarsuit population dynamics
Eqalugaarsuit population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kujalleq Municipality" (in Danish). Kujalleq Municipality. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ O'Carroll, Etain; Mark Elliott (2005). Greenland and the Arctic (2nd ed. ed.). Oakland, Calif.: Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-095-3. 
  3. ^ a b c "Statistics Greenland" (in Danish). Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vores Klasse - Daanlialiup Atuarfia" (in Danish). Vores Klasse. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Ilinniartitsisoq Report 2008