Kitsissuarsuit

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Kitsissuarsuit
Hunde Ejlande
Kitsissuarsuit is located in Greenland
Kitsissuarsuit
Kitsissuarsuit
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 68°51′25″N 53°07′15″W / 68.85694°N 53.12083°W / 68.85694; -53.12083Coordinates: 68°51′25″N 53°07′15″W / 68.85694°N 53.12083°W / 68.85694; -53.12083
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Qaasuitsup-coat-of-arms.svg Qaasuitsup
Founded 1830
Population (2010)
 • Total 79
Time zone UTC-03
Postal code 3950 Aasiaat

Kitsissuarsuit (old spelling: Kitsigsuarssuit) is a settlement in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland. The settlement was formerly founded in 1830 as Hunde Ejlande or Dog's Island,[1] although it had already been used as a whaling station since 1817.[2] Its population was 79 in 2010.[3]

Geography[edit]

Kitsissuarsuit is located on a small, 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi) island in southern Disko Bay, 21 km (13.0 mi)[4] north of Aasiaat.

Transport[edit]

Air[edit]

Air Greenland serves the village as part of government contract, with winter-only helicopter flights from Kitsissuarsuit Heliport to Aasiaat Airport.[5] Settlement flights in the Disko Bay region are unique in that they are operated only during winter and spring.

Sea[edit]

During summer and autumn, when the waters of Disko Bay are navigable, communication between settlements is by sea only, serviced by Diskoline.[6] The ferry links Kitsissuarsuit with Aasiaat and Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island.

Population[edit]

The population of Kitsissuarsuit has decreased by over 37 percent relative to the 1990 levels, and by over 28 percent relative to the 2000 levels.[7]

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

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