Itilleq

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Itilleq
Itilleq is located in Greenland
Itilleq
Itilleq
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 66°34′40″N 53°30′00″W / 66.57778°N 53.50000°W / 66.57778; -53.50000Coordinates: 66°34′40″N 53°30′00″W / 66.57778°N 53.50000°W / 66.57778; -53.50000
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Qeqqata-coat-of-arms.svg Qeqqata
Founded 1847
Government[1]
 • Mayor Tukannguaq Dahl
Population (2010)
 • Total 112
Time zone UTC-03
Postal code 3911 Sisimiut

Itilleq (old spelling: Itivdleq) is a settlement in the Qeqqata municipality in central-western Greenland. It is located on a small island around 1 km from the mainland, 45 km south of Sisimiut[2] and 2 km north of the Arctic Circle on the shores of Davis Strait. It had 112 inhabitants in 2010.[3]

History[edit]

Itilleq was founded in 1847 on another island, but was later moved 1 kilometer east to its present location.

Economy[edit]

The main trade in the settlement is fishing and hunting, with a fish factory being the principal employer in the settlement. The island has no freshwater, and for this reason Itilleq makes use of a facility for forming freshwater from seawater. The village is served by the communal all-purpose Pilersuisoq store.[2]

Transport[edit]

There is no road connection to any other settlement, but that is so for most other settlements in Greenland.

Air[edit]

The closest aerodrome is Sisimiut Airport in Sisimiut, with connections to Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq, Maniitsoq, and Nuuk operated by Air Greenland.[4] There are no helicopter services to coastal settlements of Davis Strait in the Qeqqata and Sermersooq municipalities.

Sea[edit]

Royal Arctic Line provides weekly ferry services to Sarfannguit and Sisimiut,[5] a port of call for the Arctic Umiaq Line, with connections to Ilulissat and Aasiaat in the Disko Bay region, and to coastal towns in southwestern and southern Greenland.[6]

Population[edit]

The population of Itilleq has been stable in the last two decades.[7]

Itilleq population dynamics
Itilleq population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[7]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Qeqqata Municipality (Danish)
  2. ^ a b O'Carroll, Etain (2005). Greenland and the Arctic. Lonely Planet. p. 162. ISBN 1-74059-095-3. 
  3. ^ Statistics Greenland (Danish)
  4. ^ Air Greenland, Departures and Arrivals
  5. ^ Royal Arctic Line, Angaju Ittuk schedule (Danish)
  6. ^ AUL, Timetable 2009
  7. ^ a b Statistics Greenland