Qaasuitsup

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Qaasuitsup Kommunia
Municipality of Greenland
2009–2017
 

Coat of arms of Qaasuitsup

Coat of arms
Location of Qaasuitsup
Location of Qaasuitsup within Greenland
Capital Ilulissat
69°13′N 51°06′W / 69.217°N 51.100°W / 69.217; -51.100Coordinates: 69°13′N 51°06′W / 69.217°N 51.100°W / 69.217; -51.100
Government Constitutional monarchy
Mayor Ole Dorph
History
 •  Established 1 January 2009
 •  Disestablished 31 December 2017
Area
 •  2017 660,000 km2 (254,827 sq mi)
Population
 •  2017 17,147 
Density 0 /km2  (0.1 /sq mi)
Population data:[1]; ISO code: GL-QA; Calling code: +299
Clockwise from top left: Ukkusissat, Upernavik, Ilulissat Icefjord, Uummannaq

Qaasuitsup (Greenlandic: [qaːsui̯tsup̚] Place of Polar Darkness) was a municipality in Greenland, operational from 1 January 2009[2] to 31 December 2017.[3] As of January 2013 its population was 17,498.[1] The administrative centre of the municipality was in Ilulissat (formerly called Jakobshavn). The municipality consisted of the former municipalities of western and northern Greenland, each named after the biggest settlement:

Effective January 1, 2018, Qaasuitsup Kommunia was partitioned into two new municipalities: Avannaata Kommunia, comprising Ilulissat, Uummannaq, Upernavik, Qaanaaq and surrounding settlements; and Kommune Qeqertalik, comprising Aasiaat, Qasigiannguit, Qeqertarsuaq, Kangaatsiaq and surrounding settlements.[3]

Geography[edit]

The municipality was located in northwestern Greenland. With an area of 660,000 km2 (254,827.4 sq mi),[4] it was the largest municipality in the world by area,[5] larger than France at 643,427 km2 (248,428.6 sq mi).[6]

In the south, it was flanked by the Qeqqata municipality. In the southeast, it was bordered by the Sermersooq municipality, however this border ran north-south (45° West meridian) through the center of the Greenland ice sheet (Greenlandic: Sermersuaq), and as such was free of traffic. In the east and northeast it was bordered by the Northeast Greenland National Park.

At the southern end of the municipal coastline were the waters of Disko Bay, an inlet of the larger Baffin Bay, which to the north edges into the island of Greenland in the form of Melville Bay. The coastline of northeastern Baffin Bay is dotted with islands of the Upernavik Archipelago, which was entirely contained within the municipality. In the far northwest near Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk, the municipal shores extended into Nares Strait, which separates Greenland from Ellesmere Island.

Denmark claimed Hans Island as part of Qaasuitsup (now Avannaata), while Canada considers it to be part of the Nunavut region of Qikiqtaaluk.

Towns and settlements[edit]

Language[edit]

Kalaallisut, the West Greenlandic dialect, is spoken in the towns and settlements of the western and northwestern coasts. Inuktun is also spoken in and around Qaanaaq.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://bank.stat.gl/pxweb/en/Greenland/Greenland__BE__BE01__BE0120/BEXST2.PX/?rxid=cc3fa9f7-1302-4aa1-bfb1-8a95b7e92399
  2. ^ Qaasuitsup Municipality (in Greenlandic)
  3. ^ a b "Nittartakkat nutaat: avannaata.gl kiisalu qeqertalik.gl". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  4. ^ "Fakta om kommunen" (in Danish). Qaasuitsup Municipality, Official Website. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  5. ^ not considering the Chilean Antarctic commune, which is not internationally recognized
  6. ^ France Archived 2010-02-14 at WebCite at the CIA World Factbook

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