Maniitsoq in 1890
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Maniitsoq, formerly Sukkertoppen, is a town in Maniitsoq Island, western Greenland located in the Qeqqata municipality. With 2,534 inhabitants as of 2020[update], it is the sixth-largest town in Greenland.
Archaeological finds indicate that the area has been settled for more than 4,000 years.
The modern town was founded as New or Nye-Sukkertoppen in 1782 by Danish colonists relocating from the original Sukkertoppen, a trading post founded in 1755 at the site of present-day Kangaamiut. In time, the original name was taken up again.
There have been plans for an Alcoa aluminium smelting plant either at Maniitsoq or Sisimiut for an extended period, at least since 2008, without progressing to construction. The plant would provide employment for 600–700 people, or more than 1 percent of the population of Greenland. As it is a vital decision for the town, wide public consultations were carried out in 2008–2010 by both the town authorities and the Greenland Home Rule Government in order to address potential environmental and social concerns.
With 2,534 inhabitants as of 2020[update], Maniitsoq has experienced a decline in population over a long period of time. The town has lost almost 15% of its population relative to 1990 levels, and nearly 9% relative to 2000 levels.
Migrants from the smaller settlements such as rapidly depopulating Kangaamiut choose to migrate to Sisimiut, the capital in Nuuk, and sometimes to Denmark, rather than Maniitsoq. Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut are the only settlement in the Qeqqata municipality exhibiting stable growth patterns over the last two decades.
- Mimi Karlsen (b. 1957), politician
- Sofie Petersen (b. 1955), Lutheran Bishop of Greenland
- Rasmus Lyberth (b. 1951), singer, actor
- Thue Christiansen (b. 1940), designer of the Greenlandic flag, artist
The Maniitsoq structure is a proposed 3 billion year old (3 Ga) impact structure located in the Akia Terrane of the North Atlantic Craton, centred about 55 km (34 mi) south-east of the town of Maniitsoq, Greenland, at . However, the Maniitsoq structure has not been widely recognised as an impact structure, and the proposal was criticised for not meeting established criteria for recognising impact craters. Subsequent studies in the region have found no evidence for an impact structure, and a number of observations that directly contradict the earlier impact structure proposals. The Maniitsoq structure is not recognised as an impact structure by the Earth Impact Database.
Twin towns – sister cities
Maniitsoq is twinned with:
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