Narsaq

Narsaq is a town in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. The name Narsaq is Greenlandic for "plain", referring to the beautiful plain on the shore of Tunulliarfik Fjord where the town is located.

People have lived in the area for thousands of years, but not continuously. Remains of the Norse settlement can be found in the area. Narsaq was founded in 1830. The settlement had not really started to grow until 1953, when its first fishing factory of Royal Greenland was established. The factory was subsequently closed in 2010.

In 1959 Narsaq achieved town status, with the population exceeding 600. With 1,613 inhabitants as of 2010, it is the ninth-largest town in Greenland. Several hundred people live in the surrounding community.

Fishing is the mainstay of the local economy. Local fjords are full of marine life, including whales, salmon, and seals. Other marine animals in Narsaq include harp seals and walruses. Uniquely in Greenland, farming is possible on the plains to the north of the town, with several actively maintained arable fields.

Today Narsaq has a town hall, two supermarkets, a church, a police station, a firestation, a primary school, several educational facilities, an internet café, a hospital, and several small shops. Greenland's first brewery, Greenland Brewhouse, was established in Narsaq in 2004.

Narsaq is a port of call for the Arctic Umiaq Line coastal ship in the summer season. Narsaq Heliport operates year-round, linking Narsaq with Qaqortoq on the shores of Labrador Sea, and thus with Arctic Umiaq off-season route endpoint. It also links Narsaq with the large Narsarsuaq Airport, and indirectly with the rest of Greenland and Europe.

Information based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narsaq