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Kulusuk

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Kulusuk, formerly Kap Dan, is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland, located on an island of the same name. The settlement population of 267 is quite uncommon for an Inuit settlement in Greenland with many Danes choosing to live there due to the airport. In Kalaallisut, the name of the village means "Chest of a Black Guillemot".GeographyThe urbanized area of the settlement is centered around the harbour in the northwestern part of the island, on the shores of the Torsuut Tunoq sound. Industrial utility buildings are also scattered in the vicinity of the airport, to the northwest of the runway.Kulusuk IslandThe island is small, 8km from north to south and 11km from west to east. It is hilly throughout, with several distinct mountains dominating the eastern and southern coast. The southernmost point is Cape Naujaangivit, formerly Cape Dan (Kap Dan, a name previously extended to the settlement and island) under the Isikajia mountain.QalorujoorneqThe highest point on the island is the summit of Qalorujoorneq, at 676m topping a wide mountain massif in the southeast, directly above the airport.HistoryFrom prehistory until 15th centuryThe Saqqaq people were the first to reach eastern Greenland, arriving from the north through what is now known as Peary Land and Independence Fjord. They were displaced by the Dorset culture around 3,000 years ago. The Thule people passed through the area in the 15th century, finding the southeastern coast uninhabited.
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