Kujalleq

Kujalleq (Greenlandic: [kujaɬeq̚], literally meaning The South, Danish: Syden) is a municipality on the southern tip of Greenland, operational from 1 January 2009. The administrative center of the municipality is in Qaqortoq (formerly called Julianehåb). The municipality consists of the former municipalities of southern Greenland, each named after the biggest settlement:[1]

Kujalleq Municipality
Kommune Kujalleq
Kujalleq Municipality
Clockwise from top left: Qaqortoq, Alluitsup Paa, Ulamertorsuaq, Qassiarsuk
Coat of arms of Kujalleq Municipality
Location of Kujalleq within Greenland
Location of Kujalleq within Greenland
Coordinates (Kujalleq Commune): 61°00′N 45°00′W / 61.000°N 45.000°W / 61.000; -45.000Coordinates: 61°00′N 45°00′W / 61.000°N 45.000°W / 61.000; -45.000
Sovereign state Kingdom of Denmark
Autonomous country Greenland
MunicipalityKujalleq
Established1 January 2009
Municipal centerQaqortoq
Government
 • MayorKiista P. Isaksen (Siumut)
Area
 • Total32,000 km2 (12,355 sq mi)
Population
 (2020)[3]
 • Total6,439
 • Density0.223/km2 (0.58/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-03
Calling code+299
ISO 3166 codeGL-KU
Websitekujalleq.gl

In addition to the area of the former municipalities, the southernmost tip of Greenland was added to the new administrative entity. The land area stretches from the Kangerlussuatsiaq fjord (in Danish Lindenowfjorden) to the southeastern Atlantic coast and Cape Farewell. The area previously belonged to Ammassalik Municipality and is uninhabited.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms of the municipality depicts a ram's head,[4] symbolising the sheep farming in the area, which has become one of the most important parts of Kujalleq's economy. The uppermost part of the shield contains the sun of the Greenlandic flag. Likewise the choice of colours matches those of the country's flag. The coat of arms was adopted in August 2008.

GeographyEdit

 
Map including Kujalleq area

At 32,000 km2 (12,355.3 sq mi) Kujalleq is the smallest municipality in Greenland by area. Straddling the southernmost end of the island of Greenland, it is bordered by only one municipality, Sermersooq, in the north. The waters of the western coast are that of Labrador Sea, which meet the open North Atlantic at Uummannarsuaq, the southern cape. The border on the western coast runs alongside Alanngorsuaq Fjord and on the eastern coast up to Anorituup Kangerlua (Anoritoq) Fjord.

The entire municipal area is highly mountainous, with numerous fjords carving deeply into the land. All settlements are located on the western coast, or in fjords ending there.

PoliticsEdit

Kujalleq's municipal council consists of 15 members, elected every four years. [5]

Municipal councilEdit

Election Party Total
seats
Turnout Elected
mayor
A D IA S
2008 1 1 5 8 15 72.9%
2013 1 5 9 66.9% Jørgen Wæver Johansen (S)
2017 1 5 9 68.6% Kiista P. Isaksen (S)
2021 1 8 6 70.1% Stine Egede (IA)
Data from Valg.gl

Towns and settlementsEdit

Nanortalik areaEdit

Narsaq areaEdit

Qaqortoq areaEdit

TransportationEdit

The only airport is Narsarsuaq Airport. Helicopters and boats go to other settlements.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Kujalleq is twinned with:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kommune Kujalleq". Kujalleq Municipality. Archived from the original on 7 January 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  2. ^ Statistics Greenland, Greenland in Figures 2010
  3. ^ "Population by Localities". Statistical Greenland. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Kujalleq - Civic heraldry of Greenland". HeraldryWeb. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  5. ^ Kujalleq.gl "Kommunalbestyrelsen"
  6. ^ "Venskabsbyer: Aarhus Kommune". Aarhus.dk. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-03-25.