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Republic of Karelia

The Republic of Karelia is located in the northwestern part of Russian Federation, taking intervening position between the basins of the Barents and Baltic seas. The total territory of Karelia is 172,400 square kilometers (68,960 square miles) with a population of 800 000 people. The capital of the Republic is the city of Petrozavodsk situated on the shore of Onego lake. Karelia is a very popular tourist region with Kizhi Island in Lake Onego among the most famous of places.

Below these resources we have also listed resources that describe the smaller, less well-known towns and villages of the region. We hope this list will continue to grow as more communities become represented on the World Wide Web so please be sure to let us know if you are aware of any other sites.


  • Republic of Karelia *

    Education (including the Petrozavodsk State University), culture, economics, nature, tourism, media, law and government and more for the Karelia Region.

  • Republic of Karelia - Information *

    The official government server of Karelia republic provides information about history, geography, economics, and tourist attractions.

  • Photo Gallary - Ladoga Lake *

    A large collection of Ladoga Lake photos.

  • The Window to Karelia *

    You will find here a variety of resources concerning Karelia.

  • Funet Russian Archive Karelian page *

    Collection of Interent resources about Karelia including some Finnish resources.

  • Beauty of Russian North *

    Andrey Sebrant recounts his visit to this area - mostly the Karelia Republic. (Russian Version)

  • Folk Tour *

    This tour company has provided a few photos of Kizhi, Petrozavodsk, Karelian nature and artwork of the landscapes.

  • NUPI Centre for Russian Studies Database - Kareliya *

    Facts, statistics and information about the government is provided about this republic.

  • Unofficial Vodlozero National Park Homepage *

    Matti Pellinen has put together a site with lots of information and photos about this park that is in the Karelia Republic and the Archangel Oblast. The majority of pictures are located on the travelogue pages.

  • Karelia: a village among the lakes *

    It is a travellogue of Andrey Sebrant's travels to the small Karelian village of Vorenja.

  • Towns and Villages in the Region

  • Koivisto (Finland) - Primorsk (Russia) *

    Timo Hamalainen has presented photos and a history of this area that formerly belonged to Finland.

  • Solovetsky Islands *

    This page contains photographs, history, and other information about the Solovetsky Islands.

  • Solovetsky Islands Photo Album 92 *

    This site contains photographs of the Solovetsky Islands.

  • The Viena Karelian Folklore Villages *

    This outstanding site depicts 17 small villages in this northeastern section of of the Karelia Republic (and three in Finland) that are famous for their poem-singing. The photos are beautiful, the history is fascinating, and the descriptions are concise. Be sure to visit all the sections of this site, to follow the links on each page and click on the photos that have small circles in the lower right corner for additional views. The Russian villages included in this site include Vuokkiniemi, Latvajärvi, Venehjärvi, Ponkalahti, Pirttilahti, Tsena, Tollonjoki, Uhtua, Vuonninen, Lonkka, Jyvöälahti, Haikola, Jyskyjärvi, Pistojärvi, Paanajärvi, Akonlahti, Kontokki and Kostamus.

  • Welcome to Belomorsk *

    This site contains information about the nature, history, geography, and current status of the Belomorsk and the Belomorsk Region. In Russian only.

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