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Introduction

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Nuuk (Danish: Godthåb) is the capital of Greenland and with just over 15,000 people it is the largest settlement in the country as well. It is located on the west coast of Greenland about 250 kilometres south from the Arctic Circle and many people visiting this isolated piece of land fly into the airport just outside the capital. Although the town itself being small, the municipality is about three times the size of Belgium, mostly uninhabited of course. A combination of Danish and Inuit people inhabited the city itself and apart from a few churches and museums it is not of much interest to travellers, but serves as a stepping point to Greenland's vast natural features.

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Weather

Apart from the southern tip of Greenland, Nuuk has one of the 'warmest' climates in Greenland, especially compared to the harsh climate in the interior.
Temperatures are averaging 11 °C during the day in July and August, but the alltime high is 24 °C! Nights are slightly above zero on average and can drop a few degrees below during this time of year.
In winter, maximum temperatures are around -7 °C during the day, and -13 °C at night, though it can be as cold as -29 °C and as warm as plus 15 °C!
Precipitation is quite evenly distributed throughout the year, with 10 to 13 days a month. Winters are slightly drier compared to late summer and autumn, and snowfall is possible during this time, sometimes (rare though) in summer!

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Getting There

By Plane

International connections with the national airline Air Greenland are limited and include Baltimore in the United States and Copenhagen. Air Iceland flies to Nuuk from Iceland.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Thanks to undersea fiber optic cable links to Europe and broadband satellite, Greenland is well connected with 93% of the population having internet access. Your hotel or hosts (if staying in a guesthouse or private home) will likely have wifi or an internet connected PC, and all settlements have an internet cafe or some location with public wifi. Ask around if you need help finding it.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code for Greenland is 299.

Tele Greenland is the only telephone and internet provider. Mobile phones have coverage in all larger villages, including 3G internet access. The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM 900/1800, and with the exception of one or two settlements the system covers all the inhabited areas of Greenland. Note that roaming charges are international (as Greenland is outside the EU), and much higher than someone from EU would pay inside EU.

Post

Post Greenland is the company responsible for postal service in Greenland. It has reliable services, but as you might imagine, it takes a while for your letter or postcard to arrive. Post offices can be found in all major communities in Greenland. Business hours are typically Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. Mail from Greenland takes about four to five days to reach Europe.

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