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Alluitsup Paa

Alluitsup Paa
Alluitsup Paa
Alluitsup Paa
Alluitsup Paa is located in Greenland
Alluitsup Paa
Location within Greenland
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Kujalleq
Founded 1830
 • Mayor Bendt Kleist
Population (2012)
 • Total 278
Time zone UTC-03
Postal code 3919
Website (Greenlandic)

Alluitsup Paa (old spelling prior to the orthography reform in 1973: Agdluitsup pâ) is a village in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. Alluitsup Paa had 278 residents in 2012.[2]

Along Narsarsuaq, Alluitsup Paa is one of the rare settlements in Kujalleq without its own church. The town church, which was established in 1926, burned to the ground on New Year's Eve, 2007.[3] Presently the community's religious activities take place in Qaqortoq.


  • History 1
  • Uunartoq geothermal springs 2
  • Infrastructure and economy 3
    • Infrastructure 3.1
    • Economy 3.2
  • Transport 4
  • Population 5
  • Twin towns 6
  • References 7


The settlement was founded as a trading station--Sydprøven ("South Prøven")--in 1830, to distinguish it from Nordprøven ("North Prøven", modern day Narsaq) which was established the same year. The Greenlandic name simply means "outside of Alluitsoq", further giving emphasis to the nowadays nearly abandoned village of Alluitsoq.

Until December 31, 2008, the town was the second-largest population center of Nanortalik Municipality in the Kitaa amt. On January 1, 2009, Alluitsup Paa became part of Kujalleq municipality, when the Kitaa amt, as well as the municipalities of Narsaq, Qaqortoq, and Nanortalik ceased to exist as administrative entities.

Before the municipal reform of 2009, Alluitsup Paa was Greenland's largest settlement without municipal status.

Uunartoq geothermal springs

Hot springs

On the Uunartoq Island in the vicinity of the town there are geothermal springs with temperatures between 34 and 38 degrees Celsius.[4] There are drifting icebergs and many whales offshore.

Qerrortuut Inuit ruins of previous settlements from late 18th and early 19th centuries can be found to the west of the village, on the same island.[4] There are also ruins of a nunnery built near the hot springs after Greenland was first introduced to Christianity around 1000 A.D.

Infrastructure and economy


The school aged children attend the local Atuarfik Anders Nielsen school.[5] The school has 50 pupils in 11 grades. The school also operates a small sports hall, and it has its own dentist. Due to the relatively large size of the school it has its own headmaster.

The trading conglomerate KNI operates a Pilersuisoq supermarket in the village and there are two smaller kiosks for purchase of smaller items. There is also a post office and an Internet-café. The village also houses a first-aid clinic and a dentist. The dentist operates in conjunction with the local school.


The fishing industry is the major employer, employing the majority of the work force. Shrimp, Greenlandic halibut, and cod is the main catch, and a small fishing factory focusing on shrimp production officiates in the village.

There is also a small but significant tourism industry. Two hotels operate in the village; Qaannivik Hotel and, since 2006, Seaside Whale Hotel.[6] The hotels offer tourists trips to the nearby sights; the Uunarteq warm springs, the abandoned Amitsoq copper and graphite mine,[7] the nearly abandoned village of Alluitsoq (Lichtenau), the nearby quaint settlements of Akuliaruseq and Qarsorsat, and the village of Ammassivik (Sletten). The hiking route along the Vatnahverfi peninsula is among the most popular tourist destinations in Greenland.

Operated by Greenland Homerule Government the local Integrated Office in the district employs two people.


ICAO: BGBW) and indirectly with the rest of Greenland and Europe.[8] Air Greenland operates four flight to Nanortalik and Qaqortoq per week.

The port authority for Alluitsup Paa is Royal Arctic Line, located in Nuuk.

As is true of all populated places in Greenland, Alluitsup Paa is not connected to any other place via roads. Fairly well trodden hiking trails lead northwards from the town, but for any motorized transportation terrain vehicles are needed. During winter, dog sled routes are vital transport links to the surrounding area. Alluitsup Paa is connected to mainland Greenland via a small land bridge, making motorized transportation possible.


Most towns and settlements in southern Greenland exhibit negative growth patterns over the last two decades, with many settlements rapidly depopulating. Alluitsup Paa has been losing population faster than most of its neighbors: its population decreased over 40% between 2000 and 2010.[2]

Alluitsup Paa population dynamics
Alluitsup Paa population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[2]

Twin towns

Alluitsup Paa is twinned with:


  1. ^ (Kalaallisut)
  2. ^ a b c d "Statistics Greeland" (in Danish). Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ " - Sydprøven og kirken har meget historie" (in Danish). Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Elliott, Mark (2005). Greenland and the Arctic. Lonely Planet. pp. 123–4.  
  5. ^ "Folkeskolerne" (in Danish). Attat and KIIIP, Greenland Homerule Government. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Seaside Whale Hotel". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Amitsoq Mine, Nanortalik". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Booking system". Air Greenland. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
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