Mapping & Geographic Information

Asiaq is Greenland’s mapping authority and center for geographical information. Geodata is absolutely fundamental in public administration and area planning, for underground utility cable registration, construction planning, emergency services, tourism and in many research contexts.

Asiaq collects, quality assures, analyses, processes and disseminates maps, geodata and geographic information about Greenland, for users in Greenland and abroad.

Asiaq’s main contribution to the geographical infrastructure is the technical base maps of cities and towns. In non-urban areas, we provide maps for public authorities, companies, and others requiring specialised maps. For the mapping of new areas, data is collected by drone, aerial photos and satellites, supplemented with ground surveys.

Asiaq can help you with expert advice and guidance on all aspects of maps, geographic data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

You can have a look at geographic data about Greenland on the web GIS-portal:

What is Geodata or Geographic information?

A map is geodata.  We use it to navigate, to make choices about routes or directions, to plan and to make decisions. But other information is also geodata, the moment it is connected to a place.  

Examples include; information about where a person lives and if a person can vote, municipality’s plans for an area, where water pipelines are found, areas where fishing or hunting are allowed, where reindeer calve or where the best dog sledding trail is.

Geodata is a part of citizens’ and society’s “life” and a way to navigate, collect knowledge, understand their environment and discuss and communicate with each other.

Source: National Strategi for Geodata 2017-2021

The responsibility for mapping in Greenland is divided between the Greenlandic Government and the Danish Government.

The Greenlandic Government, through Asiaq, is responsible for mapping the Greenlandic cities, towns and villages. The Danish Government is responsible for mapping the non-urban areas of Greenland, with Asiaq acting as a cooperative partner on behalf of the Greenlandic Government. Asiaq also has strong cooperation with other national survey authorities.

Cities and towns

Since the 1960s, Greenland’s cities and towns have been mapped, firstly by the Greenland Technical Organization (GTO) and subsequently by Asiaq.

Asiaq compiles technical maps adapted to various purposes. Data is collected and measured in the field with; RTK-GNNS (GPS), Total Station, drone and aircraft. Map data is supplemented with reports from authorities, companies and citizens, all adding value to the technical base maps. Asiaq updates the technical base maps and sewage maps on a multi-annual basis following a rotating revisit strategy.

Related links

The technical base map

The technical base map is a technical-topographic 3D map with high resolution and accuracy…

Sewer map

The sewer map is a technical 3D map with high accuracy. The map shows the coordinates of the well deck and well bottom

Maps on demand

If you need a map with selected themes or special designs, Asiaq can help. We compile the maps and geodata

Data Distribution

From 1stJanuary, 2018, some of the geographic data produced by Asiaq became freely available