Aappilattoq, Kujalleq

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Aappilattoq is located in the Southern tip of Greenland
Location on the southern tip of Greenland
Coordinates: 60°09′01″N 44°17′06″W / 60.15028°N 44.28500°W / 60.15028; -44.28500Coordinates: 60°09′01″N 44°17′06″W / 60.15028°N 44.28500°W / 60.15028; -44.28500
State Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country Greenland
MunicipalityKujalleq-coat-of-arms.svg Kujalleq
 • MayorHans Levisen
 • Total100
Time zoneUTC-03
Postal code
3922 Nanortalik

Aappilattoq (old spelling: Augpilagtoq) is a village in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. The name means "red", after the red mountain rising above the settlement in the Greenlandic language. The settlement had 100 inhabitants in 2020.[2]

The area of Aappilattoq has been inhabited since the 19th century, but the present-day village was founded in 1922.

The main occupations and sources of income are hunting and fishing.

Infrastructure and governance[edit]

View from the shop towards the church, summer 2017

The median age of the settlement is 31.4 years, the lowest in the municipality.[3] The main settlement service house is maintained and operated by the Kujalleq municipality. There is also a general store operated by KNI, and a general repairs workshop. The local fire station is operated by Nanortalik fire department.

Church and cemetery, 2017

The settlement also houses a school, Jaajap atuarfia,[4] which had 22 pupils in 2006.[5] Appilattoq also has its own church.

Church interior, 2017

Together with the settlements Narsarmijit and Tasiusaq the village is governed by a joint council. The head of the council is Hans Levisen.[6]

Until December 31, 2008, the settlement belonged to the Nanortalik municipality. Since January 1, 2009, the settlement has been part of the Kujalleq municipality, when the former municipalities of Qaqortoq, Narsaq, and Nanortalik ceased to exist as administrative entities.


The settlement has a heliport operated by Air Greenland. The village is served as part of government contract, with mostly cargo helicopter flights. The main transportation routes are via air or sea. The village is practically inaccessible via land due to its remote location and the surrounding mountain region. Every summer a few large or very large cruise ships go through Prince Christian Sound and pass Aappilattoq. The largest cruise ship believed to have passed by is Eurodam (285 m length).[7]


Aappilattoq is located east of Nanortalik, roughly 50 km north of Cape Farewell, the southern cape of Greenland.[8] including Prince Christian Sound, a 100 km long, steep and ​12-2 km wide fjord.


Unlike most other summits in the area, these almost 2,000 m peaks near Aappilattoq are unglaciated.
Steep rock walls dominate the landscape near Aappilattoq.


Most towns and settlements in southern Greenland exhibit negative growth patterns over the last two decades, with many settlements rapidly depopulating. The population of Aappilattoq has decreased by more than a third relative to the 1990 levels, and by over 20 percent relative to the 2000 levels.[9]

Aappilattoq population dynamics
Aappilattoq population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[9]


  1. ^ Kujalleq Municipality Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (in Danish)
  2. ^ "Population by Localities". Statistical Greenland. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Nanortalik Kommuneplan 2008-2018" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-23. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Folkeskolerne" (in Danish). Attat and KIIIP, Greenland Homerule Government. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Skole og Daginstitutioner - Aappilattoq" (in Danish). Kujalleq Municipality. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Aappilattoq - Kommune Kujalleq" (in Danish). Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "Eurodam Viking Passage September 2015 Review". Cruise Critic. Archived from the original on 2018-09-16. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  8. ^ Greenland and the Arctic. By Etain O'Carroll and Mark Elliott. Lonely Planet 2005. ISBN 1-74059-095-3.
  9. ^ a b "Statistics Greenland". Statistics Greenland. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.