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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.
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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