The church in Ammassivik, 1892
|State||Kingdom of Denmark|
|Postal code||3922 Nanortalik|
Ammassivik (old spelling: Angmagssivik) (IATA: QUW) is a settlement in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. The modern name is the Kalaallisut for "where you catch ammassat (capelin)". Its population was 74 in 2010 and 32 in 2016.
The settlement was founded in 1889 as Sletten. In 1899, a school – the Isak Lundip atuarfia – was built in the settlement by Danish missionaries. The school had 6 students in 2005.
In 1922, the settlement became a trading centre.
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.
Transport and communications
The main transportation is by sea. During winter, dog sled routes are important transport links to the surrounding area.
The settlement is located at approximately Alluitsoq Fjord (Danish: Lichtenaufjorden). The sheep farms of Qallimiut and Qorlortorsuaq are nearby, with 15 and 13 inhabitants, respectively. On the opposite side of the fjord are the ruins of the Moravian mission Lichtenau, once Greenland's most populous settlement., on the shore of the
Most towns and settlements in southern Greenland exhibit negative growth patterns over the last two decades, with many settlements rapidly depopulating. The population of Ammassivik more than halved relative to the 1990 levels, and decreased over a quarter relative to the 2000 levels.
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