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The Republic of Karelia
(Russian: Респу́блика Каре́лия, tr. Respublika Kareliya, IPA: [rʲɪˈspublʲɪkə kɐˈrʲelʲɪ(j)ə]; Karelian: Karjalan tazavalda; Finnish: Karjalan tasavalta; Veps: Karjalan Tazovaldkund) is a federal subject of Russia
(a republic), located in the northwest of Russia. Its capital is the city of Petrozavodsk. Its population in 2010 was 643,548.[8] The modern Karelian Republic was founded as an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR by the Resolution of the Presidium of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee
All-Russian Central Executive Committee
(VTsIK) of June 27, 1923, and by the Decree of the VTsIK and the Council of People's Commissars of July 25, 1923, from the Karelian Labor Commune. From 1940 to 1956, it was known as the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic, one of the union republics in the Soviet Union. In 1956, it was once again an autonomous republic and remains as a part of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in 1991.


1 Geography

1.1 Geology 1.2 Rivers 1.3 Lakes 1.4 National parks 1.5 Natural resources 1.6 Climate

2 Administrative divisions 3 History 4 Politics 5 Demographics

5.1 Vital statistics 5.2 Ethnic groups 5.3 Languages 5.4 Religion

6 Economy

6.1 Industry

7 Transportation

7.1 Railroad 7.2 Foreign trade

8 Culture 9 See also 10 References

10.1 Sources

11 External links

Geography[edit] The republic is in the northwestern part of Russia, taking an intervening position between the White and Baltic Seas. The White Sea has a shoreline of 630 kilometers (390 mi). It has an area of 172,400 km2 (66,600 sq mi). It shares internal borders with Murmansk Oblast
Murmansk Oblast
(north), Arkhangelsk Oblast
Arkhangelsk Oblast
(east/south-east), Vologda Oblast
Vologda Oblast
(south-east/south), and Leningrad Oblast (south/south-west), and it also borders Finland; the borders measure 723 km. The main bodies of water next to Karelia
are the White Sea (an inlet of the Barents Sea) to the north-east and Lake Onega
Lake Onega
and Lake Ladoga
Lake Ladoga
both shared with neighboring Oblasts to the south. Its highest point is the Nuorunen peak at 576 m (1,890 ft).

Geological map of Fennoscandia.    Archean
rocks of the Karelia
and Kola domains    Proterozoic
rocks of the Karelia
and Kola domains   Svecofennian Domain   Transscandinavian Igneous Belt   Timanide Orogen   Sveconorwegian Domain inc. the Western Gneiss Region   Caledonian nappes

Geology[edit] As a part of the Fennoscandian Shield's ancient Karelian craton, most of the Republic of Karelia's surficial geology is Archaean or Paleoproterozoic, dated up to 3.4 billion years in the Vodlozero block. This area is the largest contiguous Archaean outcrop in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Since deglaciation, the rate of post-glacial rebound in the Republic of Karelia
has varied. Since the White Sea
White Sea
connected to the World's oceans uplift along the southern coast of Kandalaksha Gulf
Kandalaksha Gulf
has totaled 90 m. In the interval 9,500–5,000 years ago the uplift rate was 9–13 mm/yr. Prior to the Atlantic period uplift rate had decreased to 5–5.5 mm/yr, to then rise briefly before arriving at the present uplift rate is 4 mm/yr.[12] Rivers[edit] There are about 27,000 rivers in Karelia.[citation needed] Major rivers include:

Vodla River
Vodla River
(Vodlajoki, 149 km) Kem River
Kem River
(Kemijoki, 191 km) Kovda River
Kovda River
(Koutajoki) Shuya River (Suojoki) Suna River
Suna River
(Suunujoki) with Kivach Falls
Kivach Falls
(Kivatšun vesiputous) Vyg River (Uikujoki)


Largest cities of the Republic of Karelia.

The Regions of North and South Karelia
South Karelia
lie in Finland
and the Karelian Republic in Russia. The Karelian Isthmus
Karelian Isthmus
is now part of Leningrad Oblast.

There are 60,000 lakes in Karelia. The republic's lakes and swamps contain about 2,000 km³ of high-quality fresh water. Lake Ladoga (Finnish: Laatokka) and Lake Onega
Lake Onega
(Ääninen) are the largest lakes in Europe. Other lakes include:

Nyukozero (Nuokkijärvi) Pyaozero (Pääjärvi) Segozero (Seesjärvi) Syamozero (Säämäjärvi) Topozero (Tuoppajärvi) Vygozero (Uikujärvi)

The lakes Ladoga and Onega are located in the south of the republic. National parks[edit]

Vodlozero National Park Kalevala
National Park Paanajärvi National Park

Natural resources[edit] The majority of the republic's territory (148,000 km², or 85%) is composed of state forest stock. The total growing stock of timber resources in the forests of all categories and ages is 807 million m³. The mature and over-mature tree stock amounts to 411.8 million m³, of which 375.2 million m³ is coniferous. Fifty useful minerals are found in Karelia, located in more than 400 deposits and ore-bearing layers. Natural resources of the republic include iron ore, diamonds, vanadium, molybdenum, and others. Climate[edit] The Republic of Karelia
is located in the Atlantic continental climate zone. The average temperature in January is −8.0 °C (17.6 °F) and +16.4 °C (61.5 °F) in July. Average annual precipitation is 500–700 mm.[13] Administrative divisions[edit] Main article: Administrative divisions of the Republic of Karelia History[edit]

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Main article: History of Karelia Historically, Karelia
was a region to the northwest of Russia, east of present-day Finland, controlled by the Novgorod Republic. From the 13th century and onwards, various parts were conquered by Sweden, and incorporated into Swedish Karelia
until they were lost to Russia
by the Treaty of Nystad
Treaty of Nystad
in 1721. In 1920, the province became the Karelian Labour Commune. In 1923, the province became the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Karelian ASSR). From 1940, it was made into the Karelo-Finnish SSR, incorporating the Finnish Democratic Republic
Finnish Democratic Republic
which nominally operated in those parts of Finnish Karelia
that were occupied by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
during the Winter War. Annexed territories were incorporated into Karelo-Finnish SSR, but after the Continuation War, the Karelian Isthmus
Karelian Isthmus
was incorporated into the Leningrad Oblast. Its status was changed back to an ASSR in 1956. During the Continuation War
Continuation War
in 1941, Finland
occupied large parts of the area but was forced to withdraw in 1944. Though Finland
is not currently pursuing any measures to reclaim Karelian lands ceded to Russia, the "Karelian Question" remains a topic present in Finnish politics. The autonomous Republic of Karelia
in its present form was formed on 13 November 1991. Politics[edit]

Seat of the Legislative Assembly of Karelia.

The highest executive authority in the Republic of Karelia
is the Head of the Republic. The acting Head of the Republic is Artur Parfenchikov, who was appointed in February 2017. The parliament of the Republic of Karelia
is the Legislative Assembly comprising fifty deputies elected for a four-year term. The Constitution of the Republic of Karelia
was adopted on February 12, 2001. Demographics[edit]

Early 20th-century photo of a bridge across the Shuya River.

Population: 643,548 (2010 Census);[8] 645,205 (2002 Census);[14] 791,317 (1989 Census).[15] Vital statistics[edit]

Average population (x 1000) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000) Fertility rates

1970 714 11,346 5,333 6,013 15.9 7.5 8.4

1975 723 12,748 6,086 6,662 17.6 8.4 9.2

1980 741 12,275 7,374 4,901 16.6 10.0 6.6

1985 770 13,201 8,205 4,996 17.1 10.7 6.5

1990 792 10,553 8,072 2,481 13.3 10.2 3.1 1,87

1991 790 8,982 8,305 677 11.4 10.5 0.9 1,62

1992 788 7,969 9,834 -1,865 10.1 12.5 -2.4 1,46

1993 782 7,003 11,817 -4,814 9.0 15.1 -6.2 1,30

1994 774 6,800 13,325 -6,525 8.8 17.2 -8.4 1,26

1995 767 6,729 12,845 -6,116 8.8 16.7 -8.0 1,24

1996 760 6,461 11,192 -4,731 8.5 14.7 -6.2 1,19

1997 753 6,230 10,306 -4,076 8.3 13.7 -5.4 1,15

1998 747 6,382 10,285 -3,903 8.5 13.8 -5.2 1,18

1999 740 6,054 11,612 -5,558 8.2 15.7 -7.5 1,12

2000 732 6,374 12,083 -5,709 8.7 16.5 -7.8 1,18

2001 725 6,833 12,597 -5,764 9.4 17.4 -7.9 1,25

2002 717 7,247 13,435 -6,188 10.1 18.7 -8.6 1,33

2003 707 7,290 14,141 -6,851 10.3 20.0 -9.7 1,32

2004 696 7,320 13,092 -5,772 10.5 18.8 -8.3 1,31

2005 686 6,952 12,649 -5,697 10.1 18.4 -8.3 1,24

2006 676 6,938 11,716 -4,778 10.3 17.3 -7.1 1,22

2007 667 7,319 11,007 -3,688 11.0 16.5 -5.5 1,28

2008 659 7,682 11,134 -3,452 11.7 16.9 -5.2 1,35

2009 651 7,884 10,599 -2,715 12.1 16.3 -4.2 1,58

2010 644 7,821 10,471 -2,650 12.1 16.2 -4.1 1,58

2011 641 7,711 9,479 -1,768 12.0 14.7 -2.7 1,60

2012 640 8,027 9,804 -1,777 12.6 15.4 -2.8 1,71

2013 636 7,553 9,285 -1,732 11.9 14.6 -2.7 1,65

2014 634 7,816 9,245 -1,429 12.3 14.6 -2.3 1,74

2015 631 7,731 9,648 -1,917 12.2 15.3 -3.1 1,76(e)

Ethnic groups[edit] According to the 2010 Census,[8] ethnic Russians
make up 82.2% of the republic's population, ethnic Karelians
7.4%. Other groups include Belarusians
(3.8%), Ukrainians
(2%), Finns
(1.4%), Vepsians
(0.5%), and a host of smaller groups, each accounting for less than 0.5% of the total population.

Ethnic group 1926 census 1939 census 1959 census 1970 census 1979 census 1989 census 2002 census 2010 census1

Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %

Russians 153,967 57.2% 296,529 63.2% 412,773 62.7% 486,198 68.1% 522,230 71.3% 581,571 73.6% 548,941 76.6% 507,654 82.2%

Karelians 100,781 37.4% 108,571 23.2% 85,473 13.0% 84,180 11.8% 81,274 11.1% 78,928 10.0% 65,651 9.2% 45,570 7.4%

Belarusians 555 0.2% 4,263 0.9% 71,900 10.9% 66,410 9.3% 59,394 8.1% 55,530 7.0% 37,681 5.3% 23,345 3.8%

Ukrainians 708 0.3% 21,112 4.5% 23,569 3.6% 27,440 3.8% 23,765 3.2% 28,242 3.6% 19,248 2.7% 12,677 2.0%

Finns 2,544 0.9% 8,322 1.8% 27,829 4.2% 22,174 3.1% 20,099 2.7% 18,420 2.3% 14,156 2.0% 8,577 1.4%

Vepsians 8,587 3.2% 9,392 2.0% 7,179 1.1% 6,323 0.9% 5,864 0.8% 5,954 0.8% 4,870 0.7% 3,423 0.5%

Others 2,194 0.8% 20,709 4.4% 29,869 4.5% 20,726 2.9% 19,565 2.7% 21,505 2.7% 25,734 3.6% 16,422 2.7%

1 25,880 people were registered from administrative databases, and could not declare an ethnicity. It is estimated that the proportion of ethnicities in this group is the same as that of the declared group.[16]

Languages[edit] Currently Russian is the only official language of the republic. Karelian, Veps, and Finnish are officially recognized languages of the republic since 2004, and their survival is promoted.[17] Finnish was the second official language of Karelia
from the Winter War
Winter War
1940 (annex of Finnish territories) up until the 1980s[18] when perestroika began. Thereafter there were suggestions to raise Karelian as the second official language, but they were repeatedly turned down.[17] Religion[edit]

Religion in Republic of Karelia
as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[19][20]

Russian Orthodoxy




Other Christians


Spiritual but not religious


and irreligion


Other and undeclared


The Karelians
have traditionally been Russian Orthodox. Lutheranism was brought to the area by the Finnish immigrants during Sweden's conquest of Karelia
and was common in regions that then belonged to Finland. Some Lutheran parishes remain in Karelia. According to a 2012 survey,[19] 27% of the population of Karelia adheres to the Russian Orthodox
Russian Orthodox
Church, 2% are unaffiliated Christians, and 1% are members of Protestant churches. In addition, 44% of the population declared to be "spiritual but not religious", 18% is atheist, and 8% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[19]

Economy[edit] Karelia's gross regional product (GRP) in 2007 was 109.5 billion rubles.[21] This amounts to 151,210 rubles per capita, which is somewhat lower than the national average of 198,817 rubles.[22] The Karelian economy's GRP in 2010 was estimated at 127733.8 million rubles.[citation needed] Industry[edit] Industrial activity in Karelia
is dominated by the forest and wood processing sector. Timber logging is carried out by a large number of small enterprises whereas pulp and paper production is concentrated in five large enterprises, which produce about a quarter of Russia's total output of paper.[23] Three largest companies in the pulp and paper sector in 2001 were: OAO Kondopoga
OAO Kondopoga
(sales of $209.4 mln in 2001), Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill ($95.7 mln) and OAO Pitkjaranta Pulp Factory ($23.7 mln).[13] In 2007, extractive industries (including extraction of metal ores) amounted to 30% of the republic's industrial output.[21] There are about 53 mining companies in Karelia, employing more than 10,000 people.[24] One of the most important companies in the sector is AO Karelian Pellet, which is the 5th largest of Russia's 25 mining and ore dressing enterprises involved in ore extraction and iron ore concentrate production. Other large companies in the sector were OAO Karelnerud, Mosavtorod State Unitary Enterprise, and Pitkjaranta Mining Directorate State Unitary Enterprise.[13] Processing industries contributed 56,4% of the overall production in 2007. The latter figure includes pulp-and-paper (23.6%), metals and metal-working (7.9%), woodworking (7.1%), foodstuffs (5.8%) and machine-building (3.9%). Production and distribution of electricity, natural gas and water made up 13.6% of the region's output.[21] Transportation[edit] Railroad[edit] There is a federal railway (see Murmansk
Railway) across Karelia
that connects Murmansk
Region with St. Petersburg, Moscow, the center of Russia
and with Finland. The railroad crosses Petrozavodsk, Kondopoga.

View of the old town of Kem in 1916, photograph by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.

has a relatively well-developed network of transport infrastructure. Water communications connect Karelia
with the Barents, Baltic, Black, and Caspian Seas through the system of rivers, lakes, and canals. A federal railway (see Murmansk
Railway) and automobile highways cross Karelia
and connect Murmansk
Region and Murmansk seaport with St. Petersburg, Moscow, the center of Russia
and with Finland. Regular airline service connects Petrozavodsk
with Joensuu and Helsinki
in Finland.[25] A fast fiber-optic cable link connecting Finnish Kuhmo
and Karelian Kostomuksha
was built in 2007, providing fast telecommunications.[21] Foreign trade[edit] The Republic's main export partners in 2001 were Finland
(32% of total exports), Germany
(7%), Netherlands
(7%) and the United Kingdom (6%).[13] Main export products were lumber (over 50%), iron ore pellets (13–15%) paper and cardboard (6–9%) and sawn timber with (5–7%). Many of Karelia's companies have received investments from Finland.[13] Culture[edit] Karelia
is sometimes called "the songlands" in the Finnish culture, as Karelian poems constitute most of the Karelo-Finnish epic Kalevala. See also[edit]

Music of Karelia Sami music Pegrema Karelian Isthmus


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Верховный Совет Карельской АССР. №473-ЗРК 30 мая 1978 г. «Конституция Республики Карелия», в ред. Закона №1314-ЗРК от 16 июля 2009 г «О внесении изменений в Конституцию Республики Карелия». Опубликован: отдельной брошюрой. (Supreme Soviet of the Karelian ASSR. #473-ZRK May 30, 1978 Constitution of the Republic of Karelia, as amended by the Law #1314-ZRK of July 16, 2009 On Amending the Constitution of the Republic of Karelia. ).

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Karelia.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Republic of Karelia.

(in English) (in Russian) (in Finnish) Official website of the Republic of Karelia (in English) (in Russian) (in Finnish) Karelia.ru web server (in English) (in Russian) (in Finnish) Heninen.net – various information about Karelia (in English) Information about Karelians (in English) Tracing Finland's eastern border-thisisFINLAND (in English) Saimaa Canal links two Karelias-thisisFINLAND (in English) Pro Karelia
(also available in other languages)

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