Nuuk

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Nuuk
Godthåb
City
Nuuk and Katuaq - Visit Greenland.jpg Nuuk Teletaarnet.jpg
Nuussuaq-district-nuuk-aerial.jpg Qernertunnguit.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
Municipality Sermersooq-coat-of-arms.png Sermersooq
Founded 29 August 1728
Incorporated 1728
Government
 • Mayor Asii Chemnitz Narup (Inuit Ataqatigiit)
Area
 • City 690 km2 (265 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2016)
 • City 17,316[1] (Largest in Greenland)
 • Metro 18,040 (including Qeqertarsuatsiaat and Kapisillit)
  City and metropolitan population is co-extensive, the entire Metro area belongs to Nuuk City
Demonym(s) Nuummioq
Time zone Western Greenland Standard (UTC−03:00)
 • Summer (DST) Western Greenland Daylight (UTC−02:00)
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.


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