What is Sisimiut known for?


784 m ft abbr on ) is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Sisimiut, towering over the town from the southeast. . ref name "map" >

; The Nasaasaaq ridge has several summits. The main summit is the most prominent, rising over the remainder of the ridge in a tall , before turning east-north-east towards the Aappilattorsuaq massif. The southern wall

colorful wooden

Contrasting types of housing in Sisimiut: a prefabricated (prefab home), single-family house (left), and apartment blocks from the 1960s (right). Most families in Sisimiut live in single-family houses, most often the traditional colorful wooden prefabricated homes shipped from Denmark, and almost always raised or supported by a concrete foundation due to permafrost. In the 1960s, Danish authorities began construction of communal apartment blocks in most towns in Greenland, including

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Town, Official Website title Commercial and Industrial Development accessdate 3 July 2010 The new neighborhood will bear the name Akia. Economy and infrastructure File:Pisiffik-sisimiut.jpg

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'', the vocational institution for the service industry professionals, and ''Oqaatsinik Pikkorissarfik'', a foreign language school. ref

range view

summit is visited for its long-range view of the coast, although more limited to the north than that of Palasip Qaqqaa to the north of the town airport. Wikipedia:Sisimiut Commons:Category:Sisimiut

traditional arts

; is located on the eastern outskirts of the town, west of the old heliport site. Apart from the traditional curriculum, it provides specialized courses in Greenland history and culture including skin preparation and ski instruction. The school is also notable for its special unit, the ''Women's High School'' ( ) added in 1977, and focusing on traditional arts.

modern approach

maintenance cost has prevented construction. The town has its own bus network. In winter dog sled routes are used to link to settlements further north. Snowmobiles are, as a more modern approach, also used. Transport within a town is usually done by foot, although

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Plant is located north of the town. Wikipedia:Sisimiut Commons:Category:Sisimiut

cultural historical

: Tourism Activities Cultural-Experiences Cultural-historical-hikes.aspx publisher Sisimiut Town, Official Website title Cultural-historical hikes accessdate 12 July 2010 has uncovered the changing settlement pattern, exhibiting transition from the single-family dwellings to tiny villages of several families. The types of dwelling varied from tent rings made of the hides of hunted mammals, to stone hearths, with no evidence of communal living in larger

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Plant is located north of the town. long high voltage line. File:Sisimiut-museum-colonial-manager-home.jpg thumb


'''Sisimiut''', formerly '''Holsteinsborg''', is a town in central-western Greenland, located on the coast of Davis Strait, approximately north of Nuuk. It is the administrative center of the Qeqqata Municipality and the second-largest town in Greenland, with a population of 5,598 people in 2013.

Although now a place-name, ''Sisimiut'' literally means "the people at the fox burrows". The site has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, first by the Inuit peoples of the Saqqaq culture, Dorset culture, and then the Thule people, whose 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 (Danes) peoples, who first settled in the area in the 1720s, under the leadership of the Danish missionary, Hans Egede.

Today, Sisimiut is the largest business center north of the national capital of Nuuk and is one of the fastest growing towns in Greenland. Fishing is the principal industry in Sisimiut, although the town has a growing industrial base. KNI (KNI (Greenland Trade)) and its subsidiary Pilersuisoq, a state-owned chain of all-purpose general stores in Greenland, have their base in Sisimiut. Architecturally, Sisimiut is a mix of traditional, single-family houses, and communal housing, with apartment blocks raised in the 1960s during a period of town expansion in Greenland. Sisimiut is still expanding, with the area north of the port, on the shore of the small Kangerluarsunnguaq Bay reserved for a modern suburb-style housing slated for construction in the 2010s. Several professional and general schools are based in Sisimiut, providing education to the inhabitants of the town and to those from smaller settlements in the region. The new Taseralik Culture Center is the second cultural center to be established in Greenland, after Katuaq (Katuaq Culture Centre) in Nuuk.

The town has its own bus line, and is the northernmost year-round ice-free port in the country, a shipping base for western and northwestern Greenland. Supply ships head from the commercial port towards smaller settlements in more remote regions of Uummannaq Fjord, Upernavik Archipelago, and as far as Qaanaaq in northern Greenland. The town airport is served by Air Greenland, providing connections to other towns on the western coast of Greenland, and through Kangerlussuaq Airport, to Europe.

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