pronunciation: [ˈnɑrˈʋɑ-ˈjɤeˈsuː]; Russian:
Усть-Нарва, Ust'-Narva) is a town in Ida-Viru County, in
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It is located on the country's northern Baltic coast and the Gulf of
Finland. The town's name in Estonian and Russian means "Mouth of the
Narva", the river which forms the border with Russia.
Narva-Jõesuu has a population of 2,602 (as of 1 January 2010). As
in the nearby city of Narva, most residents today are Russian or
Russian-speaking, although the percentage of native
slightly higher in
Narva-Jõesuu (13% compared to 4% in Narva).
Narva-Jõesuu marks the north-eastern end of the E9 European Coastal
Path, which runs for 5000 km (3125 miles) from Cabo de São
Vicente in Portugal.
The settlement probably arose in the 14th century, then part of the
Duchy of Estonia, a dominion of the
Livonian Order within Terra
Mariana from 1346. It was first documented in a 1503 deed issued by
Master of the Order Wolter von Plettenberg. It was the site of an
outer harbour of the City of
Narva from the 16th century, containing
several timber stockyards, sawmills, and a small shipbuilding
The German name Hungerburg allegedly goes back to the Russian emperor
Peter the Great, who during the 1704 Battle of
Narva noticed the great
poverty of the rural population. The
Narva-Jõesuu Lighthouse was
erected in 1808.
Beach life in Narva-Jõesuu
Thanks to its eight-kilometre-long white sand beach lined with pine
trees – one of the best in
Narva-Jõesuu has long been a
popular summer destination. In the late 19th and early 20th century it
was a spa town frequented by the nobility from Saint Petersburg, which
is less than 150 km (93 mi) to the east, and from Moscow.
During the Soviet period it was visited in large numbers by residents
of the renamed Leningrad, particularly the Russian intelligentsia,
many of whom have bought dachas (summer houses) in
Narva-Jõesuu or on
In the first ten to fifteen years after the restoration of Estonia's
Narva-Jõesuu saw few visitors, with a large number of
hotels and guest houses closing their doors and going out of business.
In the last few years its resort facilities have been renovated and
the number of tourists is rising, however, the number of hotels is
still considerably lower in comparison to the late 1980s.
Near Narva-Jõesuu, 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest from the town
border lies the
Narva-Jõesuu nudist beach, the only official nudist
beach in Estonia.
Narva-Jõesuu's flag and coat of arms were designed and approved in
the mid-1990s by the chairman of the local government Pavel Grigorjev.
The gold strips of land on the image symbolise Estonian and Russian
coasts on both sides along the
Narva River and the blue area
symbolises its iconic mouth.
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Estonia
Billund Municipality, Denmark
Narva-Jõesuu kuursaal (resort hall).
Pier in the mouth of
^ "Population figure and composition". Statistics Estonia. Retrieved
24 May 2010.
^ a b "Sõpruslinnad" (in Estonian). Narva-Jõesuu. Archived from the
original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Narva-Jõesuu.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Narva-Jõesuu.
Official website (in Estonian) (in Russian) (in English) (in Finnish)
Narva-Jõesuu Nude Beach
Cities and towns (Linnad) of Estonia
Jaanilinn (Ivangorod) and Petseri (Pechory) were annexed by the Soviet
Union in 1945 and are currently part of Russia.
Municipalities of Ida-Viru County