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Civic heraldry of Greenland

AVANERSUAQ (Qanaaq, Thule)

Incorporated into : 2009 Qaasuitsup

Arms (crest) of Avanersuaq

Official blazon


The arms were granted in 1977.

This was one of the world's largest and also most Northern municipality, but with only 250 inhabitants. The arms show a narwhale, a common whale species in the waters in the municipality. Being so far north (83° 40' north) there is 6 months of continuous daylight and 6 months of darkness. These two facts are symbolised in the Pole Star.

Literature : Achen, S.T. : Danmarks Kommunevåbener. Komma, København, 1982.

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