Kangersuatsiaq is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 72°22′47″N 55°33′00″W / 72.37972°N 55.55000°W / 72.37972; -55.55000
State Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country Greenland
 • Total130
Time zoneUTC-03

Kangersuatsiaq (old spelling: Kangerssuatsiaq), formerly Prøven, is an island settlement in the Avannaata municipality in northwestern Greenland. It had 130 inhabitants in 2020.[1]

Upernavik Archipelago

Main article: Upernavik Archipelago

Sketch map of the Upernavik Archipelago on the Baffin Bay coast of northwestern Greenland
Kangersuatsiaq within the Upernavik Archipelago

Kangersuatsiaq is located within Upernavik Archipelago, a vast archipelago of small islands on the coast of northeastern Baffin Bay. The archipelago extends from the northwestern coast of Sigguup Nunaa peninsula in the south at approximately 71°50′N 56°00′W / 71.833°N 56.000°W / 71.833; -56.000[2] to the southern end of Melville Bay (Greenlandic: Qimusseriarsuaq) in the north at approximately 74°50′N 57°30′W / 74.833°N 57.500°W / 74.833; -57.500.[3]


The village has been named Greenland's best-functioning town several times because of its well-maintained houses, functioning shops, low alcohol consumption..

Businesses consists primarily of fishing and catching other sea-life.


Folkeskolen Juaap Atuarfia enrolls approximately 31 students spanning from 1st to 9th grade.


Air Greenland serves the village as part of government contract, with flights between Kangersuatsiaq Heliport and Upernavik Airport.[4] The heliport consists of a grass landing area of 18 m × 27 m.


The population of Kangersuatsiaq has decreased by over a quarter relative to the 2000 levels, and is still decreasing.[5]

Kangersuatsiaq population dynamics
Kangersuatsiaq population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[5]


  1. ^ "Population by Localities". Statistical Greenland.
  2. ^ Nunavik, Saga Map, 1:250.000, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  3. ^ Upernavik Avannarleq, Saga Map, 1:250.000, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  4. ^ Air Greenland, Departures and Arrivals Archived 2010-03-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Statistics Greenland Archived 2011-08-12 at the Wayback Machine