Sunny panorama of Nuuk, capital of Greenland with the city founder, Hans Egede, iconic statue.

Nuuk (Danish colonial name: Godthåb) is the capital and largest city of Greenland. It is the seat of government and by far the country’s largest cultural and economic centre. Nuuk contains almost a third of Greenland’s population (~17,000 inhabitants).

Nuuk is the Kalaallisut word for “cape”. It is so named because of its position at the end of Nuup Kangerlua, a massive fjord on the eastern shore of the Labrador Sea known for outstanding nature: waterfalls, sea-cliffs, whales and scattered icebergs. Its latitude, at 64°10′ N, makes it the world’s northernmost capital, located only a few kilometres farther north than the Icelandic capital Reykjavík.

Nuuk’s waterfront is dotted with brightly coloured houses against the backdrop of Sermitsiaq mountain. Greenland National Museum and Nuuk Art Museum have absolutely interesting displays. The Katuaq cultural center offers films, concerts and art. The modern building of the University of Greenland, Greenland’s only university, deserve a visit as well.

VIDEO → Approaching Greenland


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