Location of the Qeqqata municipality within Greenland
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|State||Kingdom of Denmark|
|Established||1 January 2009|
|• Mayor||Hermann Berthelsen (Siumut)|
|• Total||115,500 km2 (44,595 sq mi)|
|• Density||0.083/km2 (0.21/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||GL-QE|
Qeqqata (Greenlandic: Qeqqata Kommunia, "Center") is a new municipality in western Greenland, operational from 1 January 2009. The municipality was named after its location in central-western part of the country. Its population is 9,620 as of January 2013. The administrative center of the municipality is in Sisimiut (formerly called Holsteinsborg). It consists of the previously unincorporated area of Kangerlussuaq, as well as two former municipalities of western Greenland:
In the south and east, the municipality is flanked by the Sermersooq municipality, although settlements and associated trade is concentrated mainly alongside the coast. In the north, it is bordered by the Qaasuitsup municipality. The waters of the western coast are that of the Davis Strait, separating Greenland from Baffin Island. With the area of 115,500 km2 (44,594.8 sq mi) it is the second-smallest municipality of Greenland after Kujalleq.
Towns and settlements
- Kangerlussuaq (Sondrestrom)
- Maniitsoq (Sukkertoppen)
- Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg)
Like all of Greenland, there are no roads between settlements. There are three airports in Qeqqata, Kangerlussuaq, Maniitsoq and Sisimiut, where Kangerlussuaq is the international hub for Greenland. Other settlements are served by boats.
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