Sisimiut

2018

 

About Sisimiut

Here you’ll find information about Sisimiut

LOCATION

Sisimiut is a town located on the western coast of Greenland, towards the Davis Strait, approximately 320 km north of Nuuk, 66.9 °N, 50 km north of the Arctic Circle and -3 GMT. The nearest neighbor cities are Maniitsoq 172.7 kilometers to the south and Aasiaat 199.6 km to the north. 180 nautical miles westbound you will find Canada

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CLIMATE

The temperature in Greenland depends a lot on where you are and at what time of the year you visit the country. The average temperature is below +10°C in June, July and August in almost every town in Greenland, and all places are below the freezing point from November to April.

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HISTORY

Sisimiut has been inhabited for around 4,500 years of people from the Saqqaq culture, who arrived from the Arctic regions of Canada. After centuries without any permanent population, the second wave of immigrants from Canada arrived. This wave brought the Dorset culture, which is divided into “Dorset I” and “Dorset II”. The majority of the population in the city today, represents the descendants of the Thule culture, who arrived almost a thousand years ago.

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ART

There are many skilled craftsmen, handicrafts, and painters in Sisimiut. Particularly since 1976 there has been an active artistic life in Sisimiut, not least as a consequence of the handicraft courses taught at The Knud Rasmussen Folk High School.

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BUSINESS

Our main source of income is fishing mainly shrimps, and the world’s largest shrimp-peeling factory is actually located in Sisimiut. Hunting is still one of the important local livelihoods, where there primarily are hunted seals, walruses, minke whales, belugas, narwhales, reindeers and muskoxen.

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QIVIUT

Qiviut means muskox wool and is the name of one of Greenland’s most successful privately own export companies in newer times. The word “Qiviut” was originally used to refer to the inner feathers of birds as well as the inner wool of the muskox. It is valued for its use as a fiber, unlike sheep’s wool, it does not shrink in water at any temperature (however, this means that it isn’t useful for felting).

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