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Civic heraldry of Greenland
AVANERSUAQ (Qanaaq, Thule)
Incorporated into : 2009 Qaasuitsup
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.