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Petrozavodsk

Essentials

Petrozavodsk literally means Peter's Factory as an iron foundry was established here to produce provisions for Peter the Great's Northern War. Today the city is the capital of the Republic of Karelia and makes a good base for further exploring the region. As a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of excursions on offer here, including to Kondopoga, Kizhi, Valaam and even the Solovetsky Islands.

Petrozavodsk


Basic facts
Name in Russian Петрозаводск
Status Capital of the Republic of Karelia
Location On Lake Onega
Distance 430km north-east of St Petersburg, 1,015km north of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 272,101 people (2014)
Founded 1703
Former Names Shuysky Zavod, Petrovskaya Sloboda, Äänislinna
City Day Last Saturday in June