Nuuk

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Nuuk
Godthåb
City
Nuussuaq district of Nuuk with the Sermitsiaq mountain in the background

Coat of arms
Coordinates: 64°10′30″N 51°44′20″W / 64.175°N 51.73889°W / 64.175; -51.73889Coordinates: 64°10′30″N 51°44′20″W / 64.175°N 51.73889°W / 64.175; -51.73889
Country Greenland Greenland
Municipality Sermersooq
Founded August 29, 1728
Incorporated 1728
Government
 • Mayor Asii Chemnitz Narup (Inuit Ataqatigiit)
Area
 • City 265 sq mi (690 km2)
Elevation 3-16 ft (−1.9 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 15,487 (Largest in Greenland)
 • Metro 18,039 (including Qiisumooq/Ingestad village)
Time zone Western Greenland Standard (UTC‑3)
 • Summer (DST) Western Greenland Daylight (UTC‑2)
Postal code 3900

Nuuk (Danish: Godthaab or Godthåb) is the capital of Greenland. It is around the mouth of island Nuup Kangerlua (Danish: "Godthåbsfjorden") on the west coast of Greenland, about 240 km (150 mi) south of the Arctic Circle. The city has a population of 15,047 people.

It was founded in 1728 by the Norwegian missionary Hans Egede. Egede named the city Godthåb which means Good Hope. Today, the people of Nuuk are mainly Inuit and Danes.

Nuuk is the location of the University of Greenland.