Ilulissat

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ILULISSAT (Jakobshavn)

Incorporated into : 2009 Qaasuitsup

Arms (crest) of Ilulissat

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted in 1969.

The arms are canting, the name of the town means the icebergs. The town lies close to the most productive Greenlandic glacier, producing in the summer 15.000.000 cubic metres of ice per day (!). The town is thus famous for the gigantic icebergs floating in the fjord.

The town asked a Danish artist to make arms for the municipality with icebergs and snow crystals. He came up with around 30 different designs, of which the above arms were chosen. Some of the other designs are shown below.

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