For other uses of "Suoyarvi", see Suoyarvi (disambiguation).
Suoyarvi (English)
Суоярви (Russian)
Suojärvi (Karelian/Finnish)
-  Town[1]  -

A street in Suoyarvi

Location of the Republic of Karelia in Russia
Location of Suoyarvi in the Republic of Karelia
Coordinates: 62°05′N 32°21′E / 62.083°N 32.350°E / 62.083; 32.350Coordinates: 62°05′N 32°21′E / 62.083°N 32.350°E / 62.083; 32.350
Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of April 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Republic of Karelia[1]
Administrative district Suoyarvsky District[1]
Administrative center of Suoyarvsky District[1]
Municipal status (as of April 2013)
Municipal district Suoyarvsky Municipal District[2]
Urban settlement Suoyarvskoye Urban Settlement[2]
Administrative center of Suoyarvsky Municipal District,[3] Suoyarvskoye Urban Settlement[2]
Population (2010 Census) 9,766 inhabitants[4]
Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[5]
First mentioned 1589
Town status since 1940
Official website
Suoyarvi on Wikimedia Commons

Suoyarvi (Russian: Суоя́рви; Karelian: Suojärvi; Finnish: Suojärvi) is a town and the administrative center of Suoyarvsky District of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, located 140 kilometers (87 mi) northwest of Petrozavodsk. Population: 9,766(2010 Census);[4] 11,600(2002 Census);[6] 11,772(1989 Census).[7]


Historical affiliations

Tsardom of Russia 1589–1617
Sweden Kingdom of Sweden 1617–1721
 Russian Empire 1721–1917
 Republic of Finland 1917–1940
 Soviet Union 1940–1941
 Republic of Finland 1941–1944
 Soviet Union 1944–1991
 Russian Federation 1991–present

It is known that during the 16th and 17th centuries a settlement existed here known as Shuyezersky pogost (a Russian form of the local Karelian name, meaning something like "swamp town"). The first documented mention dates from 1589 when Suoyarvi is recorded as church community controlled by the Orthodox community of Sortavala. In 1630, Suoyarvi became an independent community.

An outcome of the Winter War was that most of West Karelia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, when Suoyarvi was granted town status. In August 1941, the territory was re-occupied by Finnish troops, but as part of the wider post-war settlement, it reverted to the Soviets in 1944; it was the second largest territory by area (after Petsamo) ceded by Finland to the Soviet Union following the Continuation War.

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Suoyarvi serves as the administrative center of Suoyarvsky District, to which it is directly subordinated.[1] As a municipal division, the town of Suoyarvi is incorporated within Suoyarvsky Municipal District as Suoyarvskoye Urban Settlement.[2]


The town serves as a railway junction along the railway line linking St. Petersburg with Petrozavodsk. From Suoyarvi, a line branches off to Yushkozero and Kostomuksha. In the Cold War it was the nearest town to the Maysionvara airbase.

Sister city



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Law #871-RZK
  2. 1 2 3 4 Law #813-RZK
  3. Law #825-ZRK
  4. 1 2 Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  5. Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №271-ФЗ от 03 июля 2016 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #271-FZ of July 03, 2016 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.).
  6. Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  7. Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014.


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