Norden (Danish)
Avannaata Municipality
Avannaata Kommunia (Greenlandic)
Avannaata municipality
Coat of arms of Avannaata
Location of Avannaata within Greenland
Location of Avannaata within Greenland
Coordinates (Avannaata Commune): 76°00′N 57°00′W / 76.000°N 57.000°W / 76.000; -57.000
Sovereign state Kingdom of Denmark
Country Greenland
Established1 January 2018
Municipal centerIlulissat
 • MayorPalle Jeremiassen (Siumut)
 • Total522,700 km2 (201,800 sq mi)
 • Total10,726
 • Density0.02/km2 (0.05/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-03, UTC-04
Calling code+299

Avannaata (Greenlandic pronunciation: [avanːaːta], Danish: Norden, lit.'The Northern') is a municipality of Greenland created on 1 January 2018 from the bulk of the former Qaasuitsup municipality. It encompasses an area of 522,700 km2 and has 10,726 inhabitants.


In the south, Avannaata is flanked by the Qeqertalik municipality. In the southeast, it is bordered 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. In the east and northeast it is bordered by the Northeast Greenland National Park.

At the southern end of the municipal coastline are the waters of Disko Bay, although some Disko Bay communities belong to the municipality of Qeqertalik. This bay is an inlet of the larger Baffin Bay, which to the north edges into the island of Greenland in the form of Melville Bay. The coastline of northeastern Baffin Bay is dotted with islands of the Upernavik Archipelago, which is entirely contained within the municipality. In the far northwest near Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk, the municipal shores extend into Nares Strait, which separates Greenland from Ellesmere Island.

Avannaata's western side extends to the formerly disputed Hans Island's eastern half, while Canada's Qiqiktaluuk Region administers the western half.


Avannaata's municipal council consists of 17 members, elected every four years.[2]

Municipal council

Election Party Total
Turnout Elected
2017 3 1 2 2 9 17 63.1% Palle Jeremiassen (S)
2021 2 1 3 2 9 69.5%
Data from Valg.gl

Administrative divisions

Main article: List of cities and towns in Greenland

Ilulissat area

Qaanaaq area

Uummannaq area

Upernavik area


Main article: Greenlandic language

Kalaallisut, the West Greenlandic dialect, is spoken in the towns and settlements of the western and northwestern coasts. Inuktun is also spoken in and around Qaanaaq.

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ "Population by Localities". Statistical Greenland. Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  2. ^ Avannaata.gl "Kommunalbestyrelsen"