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Itilleq is located in Greenland
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
 • 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. Located 45 km south of Sisimiut[2] on the shores of Davis Strait, it had 112 inhabitants in 2010.[3]


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


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]



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.


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]


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]


  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