Theme Week Greenland – Nuuk

24 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  17 minutes

Nuuk © panoramio.com - patano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nuuk © panoramio.com – patano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland, a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark. Nuuk is the seat of government and the country’s largest cultural and economic centre. The major cities from other countries closest to the capital are Iqaluit and St. John’s in Canada and Reykjavík in Iceland. Nuuk contains a third of Greenland’s population and its tallest building. Nuuk is also the seat of government for the Sermersooq municipality. In January 2021, it had a population of 18,800.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Sisimiut

23 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Sisimiut and Nasaasaaq mountain © Algkalv/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sisimiut and Nasaasaaq mountain © Algkalv/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sisimiut, formerly known as Holsteinsborg, is the capital and largest city of the Qeqqata municipality, the second-largest city in Greenland, and the largest Arctic city in North America. It is located in central-western Greenland, on the coast of Davis Strait, approximately 320 km (200 mi) north of NuukSisimiut literally means “the residents at the foxholes” (Danish: Beboerne ved rævehulerne). The site has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, first by peoples of the Saqqaq culture, then Dorset culture, and then the Thule people, whose Inuit descendants form the majority of the current population. Artifacts from the early settlement era can be found throughout the region, favored in the past for its plentiful fauna, particularly the marine mammals providing subsistence for the early hunting societies. The population of modern Greenlanders in Sisimiut is a mix of the Inuit and Danish peoples, who first settled in the area in the 1720s, under the leadership of the Danish missionary, Hans Egede.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Tasiilaq

22 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© flickr.com – Christine Zenino/cc-by-2.0

Tasiilaq, formerly Ammassalik and Angmagssalik, is a town in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland. With 1,985 inhabitants as of 2020, it is the most populous community on the eastern coast, and the seventh-largest town in Greenland. The Sermilik Station, dedicated to the research of the nearby Mittivakkat Glacier, is located near the town.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Qeqertarsuaq

21 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Waiting for winter © flickr.com - Göran Ingman/cc-by-2.0

Waiting for winter © flickr.com – Göran Ingman/cc-by-2.0

Qeqertarsuaq is a port and town in Qeqertalik municipality, located on the south coast of Disko Island on the west coast of Greenland. Founded in 1773, the town is now home to a campus of the University of Copenhagen known as Arctic Station. Qeqertarsuaq is the Kalaallisut name for Disko Island and is also now used for several other islands on Greenland, including those formerly known as Upernavik and Herbert Island. Qeqertarsuaq means ‘the big island’ in Kalaallisut (Danish: den store ø). In 2020, the town had 839 inhabitants. The remainder of the population of the island (less than 50 people) lives in the Kangerluk settlement, a few hours by boat to the northwest.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Uummannaq

20 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© NorthernLight/cc-by-sa-3.0

Uummannaq is a town in the Avannaata municipality, in central-western Greenland. With 1,407 inhabitants in 2020, it is the eighth-largest town in Greenland, and is home to the country’s most northerly ferry terminal. Founded in 1763 as Omenak, the town is a hunting and fishing base, with a canning factory and a marble quarry. In 1932 the Universal Greenland-Filmexpedition with director Arnold Fanck released the film S.O.S. Eisberg near Uummannaq.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland

19 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  18 minutes

Nuussuaq district in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, with Sermitsiaq mountain in the background © Oliver Schauf

Nuussuaq district in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, with Sermitsiaq mountain in the background © Oliver Schauf

Greenland is an island country that is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Greenland is the world’s largest island, it is one of three constituent countries that form the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark and the Faroe Islands; the citizens of these countries are all Danish nationals. Greenland is divided into five municipalities: Sermersooq, Kujalleq, Qeqqata, Qeqertalik and Avannaata. The northeast of the island composes the unincorporated Northeast Greenland National Park. Thule Air Base is also unincorporated, an enclave within Avannaata municipality administered by the United States Space Force. Greenland’s capital is Nuuk. Though a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and Denmark, the colonial powers) for more than a millennium, beginning in 986. The majority of its residents are Inuit, whose ancestors migrated from Alaska through Northern Canada, gradually settling across the island by the 13th century.   read more…

Theme Week Lapland – Kemijärvi

27 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  3 minutes

Lake Kemijärvi © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lake Kemijärvi © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kemijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Lapland. The municipality has a population of 7,100 and covers an area of 3,930.91 square kilometres (1,517.73 sq mi) of which 425.84 km<² (164.42 sq mi) is water. The population density is 2.03 inhabitants per square kilometre (5.3/sq mi). Surrounding municipalities are Pelkosenniemi in the north, Salla in the east, Posio in the south and Rovaniemi in the west. The town is unilingually Finnish. Villages located in the area of the municipality of Kemijärvi are Halosenranta, Hyypiö, Isokylä, Joutsijärvi, Juujärvi, Kallaanvaara, Kostamo, Leväranta, Luusua, Oinas, Perävaara, Ruopsa, Räisälä, Sipovaara, Soppela, Tapionniemi, Tohmo, Ulkuniemi, Varrio and Vuostimo.   read more…

Theme Week Lapland – Sodankylä

26 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  2 minutes

Orajärvi village © Maasaak/cc-by-sa-4.0

Orajärvi village © Maasaak/cc-by-sa-4.0

Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the region of Lapland, and lies at the northern end of Highway 5 (E63) and along Highway 4 (E75). The Kitinen River flows near the center of Sodankylä. Its neighbouring municipalities are Inari, Kemijärvi, Kittilä, Pelkosenniemi, Rovaniemi, and Savukoski. The municipality has two official languages: Finnish and Northern Sámi.   read more…

Theme Week Lapland – Inari, capital of Sámi culture

25 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Sami flag at a reindeer farm © Manfred Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sami flag at a reindeer farm © Manfred Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Inari is Finland‘s largest municipality by area (but one of the most sparsely populated), with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Its major sources of income are tourism, service industry and cold climate testing. With the Siida museum in the village of Inari, it is a center of Sámi culture, widely known as the “capital of Sámi culture”. The airport in Ivalo and the country’s key north-south European Route E75 (Finland’s National Road 4) bring summer and winter vacationers seeking resorts with access to a well-preserved, uncrowded natural environment.   read more…

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