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Qeqertarsuaq ' Godhavn) is a port and town in Qaasuitsup 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 in Qaasuitsup, including those formerly known as Upernavik and Herbert Island.In 2013, the town had 845 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.GeographyThe total area of Disko Island and its satellite islands (mainly Qeqertarsuatsiaq Island 11km northwest of the northern coast and Qeqertaq on the southwest coast at the mouth of Disko Fjord) is 9700km2. Blæsedalen valley is to the north of the town.Kangerluk is the location where researchers found a 'galloping' glacier in 1999 that moves up to 100m a day.History). Godhavn served as the capital for North Greenland while Godthåb directed South Greenland. In 1862, a new law on municipalities was passed and the so-called Directions were introduced in Greenland. The primary task of the Directions was the administration of the means set apart for social purposes: support for widows, orphans, and others in need. The Directions also functioned as inferior courts in case of theft and other petty crimes. The Directions also took active part in the fight against the spreading of distemper. In Godhavn, they founded a kayak school for boys and a sewing school for girls.Make Qeqertarsuaq central to your Greenland travel plans using our Greenland road trip planning website.
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