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Qeqqata Municipality

Qeqqata Kommunia
Municipality
Qeqqata municipality
Clockwise from top left: Davis Strait, Sisimiut, Kangerlussuaq Airport, Sermersut Island
Coat of arms of Qeqqata Municipality
Coat of arms
Location of the Qeqqata municipality within Greenland
Location of the Qeqqata municipality within Greenland
Sovereign state  Kingdom of Denmark
Autonomous country  Greenland
Municipality Qeqqata-coat-of-arms.svg Qeqqata
Established 1 January 2009
Municipal center Sisimiut
Area
 • Total 115,500 km2 (44,595 sq mi)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,378
 • Density 0.08119/km2 (0.210293/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-03
Calling code +299
ISO 3166 code GL-QE
Website qeqqata.gl

Qeqqata ( The Center, Danish: Centrum) is a municipality in western Greenland, operational from 1 January 2009. The municipality was named after its location in the central-western part of the country. Its population is 9,378 as of January 2020. 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:

  • Maniitsoq Municipality
  • Sisimiut Municipality

Geography

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 Qeqertalik municipality. The waters of the western coast are that of the Davis Strait, separating Greenland from Baffin Island. With an area of 115,500 km2 (44,594.8 sq mi) it is the second-smallest municipality of Greenland after Kujalleq.

Politics

Avannaata's municipal council consists of 15 members, elected every four years.

Municipal council

Election Party Total
seats
Turnout Elected
mayor
A D IA N S
2008 3 1 4 7 15 59.7%
2013 4 2 9 57.6% Hermann Berthelsen (S)
2017 3 3 1 8 61.1% Malik Berthelsen (S)
2021 2 3 4 6 63.8%
Data from Valg.gl

Towns and settlements

Transport

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.

A simple road for terrain vehicles between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut was approved in June 2020. Construction of the first 21 km of the road, connecting Kangerlussuaq with the Tasersuaq area, is scheduled to begin in late July 2020.

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