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Avannaata Kommunia
Avannaata municipality
Coat of arms of Avannaata
Coat of arms
Location of Avannaata within Greenland
Location of Avannaata within Greenland
Coordinates (Avannaata Commune): 76°00′N 57°00′W / 76.000°N 57.000°W / 76.000; -57.000Coordinates: 76°00′N 57°00′W / 76.000°N 57.000°W / 76.000; -57.000
State Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country Greenland
MunicipalityAvannaata-coat-of-arms.svg Avannaata
Established1 January 2018
Municipal centerIlulissat
 • MayorPalle Jeremiassen (Siumut)
 • Total522,700 km2 (201,800 sq mi)
 • Total10,651
 • Density0.02/km2 (0.05/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-03, UTC-04
Calling code+299

Avannaata (English: The Northern, (Greenlandic pronunciation: [avanːaːta], Danish: Den Nordlige) is a new municipality of Greenland created January 1, 2018 from the bulk of the former Qaasuitsup municipality. It encompasses an area of 522,700 km² and has approximately 10,600 inhabitants.


In the south, Avannaata is flanked by the Qeqertalik municipality. In the southeast, it is bordered by the Sermersooq municipality, however this border runs north-south (45° West meridian) through the center of the Greenland ice sheet (Greenlandic: Sermersuaq), and as such is free of traffic. In the east and northeast it is bordered by the Northeast Greenland National Park.

At the southern end of the municipal coastline are the waters of Disko Bay, although some Disko Bay communities belong to the municipality of Qeqertalik. This bay is an inlet of the larger Baffin Bay, which to the north edges into the island of Greenland in the form of Melville Bay. The coastline of northeastern Baffin Bay is dotted with islands of the Upernavik Archipelago, which is entirely contained within the municipality. In the far northwest near Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk, the municipal shores extend into Nares Strait, which separates Greenland from Ellesmere Island.

Denmark claims Hans Island as part of Avannaata, while Canada considers it to be part of the Nunavut region of Qikiqtaaluk.

Towns and settlements[edit]


Kalaallisut, the West Greenlandic dialect, is spoken in the towns and settlements of the western and northwestern coasts. Inuktun is also spoken in and around Qaanaaq.

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Kommuni pillugu". Avannaata Kommunia (in Greenlandic)