Nuuk

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Nuuk
Godthåb
City
Nuuk and Katuaq - Visit Greenland.jpgNuuk Teletaarnet.jpg
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Nuussuaq district of Nuuk with the Sermitsiaq mountain in the background
Flag of Nuuk
Flag
Coat of arms of Nuuk
Coat of arms
Nuuk is located in Greenland
Nuuk
Nuuk
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 64°10′30″N 51°44′20″W / 64.17500°N 51.73889°W / 64.17500; -51.73889Coordinates: 64°10′30″N 51°44′20″W / 64.17500°N 51.73889°W / 64.17500; -51.73889
State Denmark
Constituent country Greenland
MunicipalitySermersooq-coat-of-arms.png Sermersooq
Founded29 August 1728
Incorporated1728
Government
 • MayorAsii Chemnitz Narup (Inuit Ataqatigiit)
Area
 • City690 km2 (265 sq mi)
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
Population (2016)
 • City17,316[1] (Largest in Greenland)
 • Metro18,040 (including Qeqertarsuatsiaat and Kapisillit)
 City and metropolitan population is co-extensive, the entire Metro area belongs to Nuuk City
Demonym(s)Nuummioq
Time zoneUTC−03:00 (Western Greenland Standard)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−02:00 (Western Greenland Daylight)
Postal code3900

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Population in Greenland. CITYPOPULATION. Retrieved 23 February 2016.