Our main source of income is fishing mainly shrimp

Our main source of income is fishing mainly shrimps. To this can be said that the world’s largest shrimp-peeling factory is located in Sisimiut. Hunting is still one of the important local livelihoods, which primarily hunted seals, walrus, beluga, narwhale, reindeer and musk oxen.

   Additionally, we have some head offices for example the housing company INI A/S and supply company KNI, Pilersuisoq which earlier called KGH (Royal Greenland Trade), as well as headquarters for the supermarket chain Pisiffik.

  Sisimiut has also over the 10-15 years developed into a major educational town. This means that a large part of the population are students from the city, but also from other towns and settlement in Greenland.

Anita Høegh, entrepreneur and owner of Qiviut in Sisimiut in Greenland (1)

KGH (Royal Greenland Trade) had monopoly on trade which had existed since the 1700s. This was changed after G-50 law implementation in 1950. This opened up for the possible to small local handicraft companies and kiosks and later the co-operative factory Sipeneq in Sisimiut was opened. With the new law the state became interested in making investments in Sisimiut.

Trade, shipping and transport have had tremendous effects for the town’s development, not only in the past but also in recent years. With its location and favourable harbour area big enough to receive big container ships and with the biggest airport in the country called Kangerlussuaq.

KTI – Tech College Greenland – Greenland school of Minerals & Petroleum, Building & Construction School, High School education

DTU – Technical University of Denmark – Arctic Technology

KNI A/S – Which links the entire vast country with deliveries of vital supplies

INI A/S – Company for Housing, which have the headquarter in Sisimiut

Royal Greenland – The largest shrimp-peeling factory


Sisimiut as a town growing 8 % yearly, which making it the third fastest growing city in Greenland. Still fishing is the main industry. The town is in developing the North. Especially other side of the city towards the airport is an area was reserved for modern suburban housing.

There are several common and professional schools in Sisimiut, which are providing education to the town and area residents.

DTU (Technical University of Denmark) has established Center for Arctic Technology in town. Besides that there is a place for education in 4 departments: School of Iron and metal , School of Building and Construction, School of Mining and GUX (High School).

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