Kapisillit

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Kapisillit
Kapisillit is located in Greenland
Kapisillit
Kapisillit
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
Government[1]
 • Mayor Morten Johnsen
Population (2016)
 • Total 63
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]

Geography[edit]

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]

Economy[edit]

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

Transport[edit]

Transport to Kapisillit is done by boat. Helicopter is sometimes used. There is no road from outside to Kapisillit, although there are plans to build a simple road from Nuuk to Kapisillit.[7]

Population[edit]

The population of Kapisillit has declined by nearly a third relative to the 2000 levels, levelling off since.[8]

Kapisillit population dynamics
Kapisillit population decline dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sermersooq Municipality Archived 2010-05-06 at the Wayback Machine. (in Danish)
  2. ^ "Population in localities January 1.st by locality, age, gender and place of birth 1977-2010". Statistics Greenland. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  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. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Kapisillit-vej skal booste turismen
  8. ^ a b Statistics Greenland Archived 2011-08-12 at the Wayback Machine.