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Paamiut, Greenland

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Informally known as Greenland's "artists' colony" because of its quality soapstone carvings, Paamiut rests at the mouth of the Kvanefjord. Established in 1742 by Jakob Severin, the town was originally intended to be a trading station, but was eventually transformed into a fur and whale-product station in 1774. Visit the Paamiut Museum, housed in the old trading company buildings, which displays Eskimo and Inuit artifacts, historical photographs and one of the best stone collections in Greenland.

Language: Greenlandic, Danish
Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)