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Kapisillit is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 64°26′10″N 50°16′10″W / 64.43611°N 50.26944°W / 64.43611; -50.26944Coordinates: 64°26′10″N 50°16′10″W / 64.43611°N 50.26944°W / 64.43611; -50.26944
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Sermersooq-coat-of-arms.png Sermersooq
 • Mayor Morten Johnsen
Population (2010)
 • Total 86
Time zone UTC-03
Postal code 3900 Nuuk

Kapisillit is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in southwestern Greenland. In 2010, the settlement had 86 inhabitants.[2] Kapisillit means the salmon in the Greenlandic language.[3] The name refers to the belief that the only spawning-ground for salmon in Greenland is a river near the settlement.[4]


Kapisillit is located 75 km (47 mi) northeast of Nuuk, near the head of Kapisillit Kangerluaq,[5] one of the tributary fjords of the 160 km (99.4 mi) long,[6] Nuup Kangerlua, the longest fjord on the Labrador Sea coast of Greenland, and one of the longest in the inhabited part of the country.[6]


The inhabitants mostly subsist on hunting, fishing and tourism. The settlement has its own school, church, and grocery store.


The population of Kapisillit has decreased by nearly a third relative to the 2000 levels, levelling off since.[2]

Kapisillit population dynamics
Kapisillit population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[2]


  1. ^ Sermersooq Municipality (Danish)
  2. ^ a b c "Population in localities January 1.st by locality, age, gender and place of birth 1977-2010". Statistics Greenland. Retrieved 12 July 2010.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "statbank" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ O'Carroll, Etain (2005). Greenland and the Arctic. Lonely Planet. p. 94. ISBN 1-74059-095-3. 
  4. ^ "Settlements". Nuuk Tourism. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  5. ^ O'Carroll, Etain (2005). Greenland and the Arctic. Lonely Planet. p. 154. ISBN 1-74059-095-3. 
  6. ^ a b "TIL OPPLYSNING". Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Retrieved 12 July 2010.