Qeqertalik

Qeqertalik (Greenlandic pronunciation: [qeqeʁtalik], English: The One with Islands, Danish: Den Ene med Øerne) is a new municipality of Greenland created in 2018 from four southern regions of the former Qaasuitsup Municipality.

Qeqertalik

Kommune Qeqertalik
Qeqertalik municipality
Clockwise from top left: Qeqertarsuaq, Qasigiannguit, Aasiaat, Disko Bay
Coat of arms of Qeqertalik
Coat of arms
Location of Qeqertalik within Greenland
Location of Qeqertalik within Greenland
Coordinates (Qeqertalik Commune): 68°42′N 52°52′W / 68.700°N 52.867°W / 68.700; -52.867Coordinates: 68°42′N 52°52′W / 68.700°N 52.867°W / 68.700; -52.867
Sovereign state Kingdom of Denmark
Autonomous country Greenland
MunicipalityQeqertalik-coat-of-arms.svg Qeqertalik
Established1 January 2018
Municipal centerAasiaat
Government
 • MayorAne Hansen (Inuit Ataqatigiit)
Area
 • Total62,400 km2 (24,100 sq mi)
Population
 (2020)[1]
 • Total6,340
Time zoneUTC-03, UTC-04
Calling code+299
Websiteqeqertalik.gl

GeographyEdit

Qeqertalik Municipality is flanked in the south by the Qeqqata municipality and in the northeast by Avannaata. Over the ice cap, it is bordered in the east by the Sermersooq municipality, however this border runs north-south (45° West meridian) through the center of the Greenland ice sheet (Greenlandic: Sermersuaq), and as such is free of traffic.

Communities of Qeqertalik encircle Disko Bay, an inlet of the larger Baffin Bay, while the northeastern shores and Nuussuaq Peninsula belong to the neighboring municipality of Avannaata.

PoliticsEdit

Qeqertalik's municipal council consists of 15 members, elected every four years. [2]

Municipal councilEdit

Election Party Total
seats
Turnout Elected
mayor
A IA S
2017 1 7 7 15 68.3% Ane Hansen (IA)

Towns and settlementsEdit

LanguageEdit

Kalaallisut, the West Greenlandic dialect, is spoken in Kommune Qeqertalik along with Danish.

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "Population by Localities". Statistical Greenland. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  2. ^ Qeqertalik.gl "Kommunalbestyrelsen"