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Nuugaatsiaq is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 71°32′06″N 53°12′45″W / 71.53500°N 53.21250°W / 71.53500; -53.21250Coordinates: 71°32′06″N 53°12′45″W / 71.53500°N 53.21250°W / 71.53500; -53.21250
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Qaasuitsup-coat-of-arms.svg Qaasuitsup
Population (2010)
 • Total 84
Time zone UTC-03
Postal code 3961 Uummannaq

Nuugaatsiaq (old spelling: Nûgâtsiaq) (IATA: JUU) is a settlement in the Qaasuitsup municipality, in northwestern Greenland, located on an island off the southern coast of Sigguup Nunaa peninsula, in the Uummannaq Fjord basin. It had 84 inhabitants in 2010.[1]


Main article: Nuugaatsiaq Heliport

Air Greenland serves the village as part of government contract, with mostly cargo helicopter flights from Nuugaatsiaq Heliport to Illorsuit and Uummannaq.[2]


The population of Nuugaatsiaq has dropped by over 16 percent relative to the 2000 levels, reflecting a general trend in the region.[3] A November 2015 edition of National Geographic reported about 80 inhabitants, with many houses in the village empty.[4]

Nuugaatsiaq population dynamics
Nuugaatsiaq population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[3]


  1. ^ Statistics Greenland (Danish)
  2. ^ "Booking system". Air Greenland. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Statistics Greenland
  4. ^ Folger, Tim (November 2015). "Melting Away". National Geographic.