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Vyborg

Vyborg

Founded in the 13th century as a Swedish fortpost, Vyborg was subsequently often fought over by Russia and Sweden. Peter the Great captured the city for Russia in 1710  but as it was later made part of the Grand Duchy of Finland. It then found itself part of an independent Finland following the Revolution and became known as Viipuri. It was brought back under Russian control following the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. Thanks to its varied history, the city has a very interesting mix of Swedish, Russian, Finnish and Soviet architecture. It also has the typical Karelian natural blend of forest, rocks and water, which is further beautifully landscaped in the city’s charming Monrepo (Mon Repos) Park.


Basic facts
Name in Russian
Выборг
Status
City and administrative centre of the Vyborg District of the Leningrad Region
Location
On Vyborg Bay in the Gulf of Finland
Distance
140km north-west of St Petersburg, 860km north-west of Moscow
Time Zone
Moscow Time
Population
80,265 people (2014)
Founded
1293
Former Names
Viipuri
Titles/Awards
City of Military Glory
City Day
19 August
Official Website
http://www.city.vbg.ru/