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Nuuk (Danish: Godthåb) is the capital of Greenland and the largest city in Greenland. It is the seat of the Government of Greenland. Nuuk is the largest cultural and economic center in Greenland. The major cities closest to the capital are Iqaluit and St. John's in Canada and Reykjavík in Iceland.

Nuuk is the seat of government for the Sermersooq municipality. In January 2010, it had a population of 15,469,[1] making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population.

Nuuk is the Kalaallisut word for "cape". It is so named because of its position at the end of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord on the eastern shore of the Labrador Sea.




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The flag of Greenland features two equal horizontal bands of white (top) and red with a large disk slightly to the hoist side of centre. The top half of the disk is red, the bottom half is white. The entire flag measures 18 by 12 parts; each stripe measures 6 parts; the disk is 8 parts in diameter, horizontally offset by 7 parts from the hoist to the centre of the circle, and vertically centered. The colours of the flag are the same as those of the Flag of Denmark (Dannebrog), symbolising Greenland's place in the Danish Realm.

Its local name in the Greenlandic language is Erfalasorput, which means "our flag". The term Aappalaartoq (meaning "the red") is also used for both the Greenlandic flag and the flag of Denmark. Today, Greenlanders display both the Erfalasorput and the Dannebrog—often side-by-side. It is also the only national flag of a Nordic country or territory without a Nordic Cross.




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  1. ^ Statistics Greenland, Greenland in Figures, 2010