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Republic of Karelia is a region of Russia, a part of Northwestern federal district of Russia.



  • Petrozavodsk - the capital city, the biggest city of Karelia

Other destinations

  • Lake Onega, the second-largest lake of Europe.
    • Kizhi island. This island is famous for beautiful wooden church and other buildings. The whole architectural ensemble of Kizhi island is UNESCO Wold Heritage site.
    • Besov Nos Cape. This site is famous for ancient drawings, hammerred in the rocks.
  • Lake Ladoga. The largest lake of Europe.
  • The Vodlozersky national park
  • Martial waters spa
  • Kivach waterfall
  • Solovetsky Islands in the White sea, with their famous monastery. Technically they are not part of Republic of Karelia but, of Arkhangelsk Oblast, but they are located close to Karelian shore.


Republic of Karelia is a region of Russia, a part of Northwestern federal district of Russia. It borders Leningrad Oblast, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Murmansk Oblast and Finland. One quarter of Karelia's surface is covered by water, therefore Karelia is called "the country of lakes". There are about sixty thousand lakes there. The second-largest lake of Europe, Lake Onega, is located in Karelia. The largest lake of Europe, Lake Ladoga is partly located in Karelia (together with Leningrad Oblast).

Karelia is also famous for forests.

Karelia has strong cultural connection with Finland. The are three minoraty finno-ugric languages spoken in Karelia, alongside with Russian: Finnish, Karelian and Veps.

There is also a region called Karelia in Finland, see Finnish Karelia.


The majoraty of population speaks Russian. The most important minoraty languages are Finnish, Karelian and, on smaller scale, Veps. Many native Russian speaker understad Finnish too.

English is widely understood, especially by young people. Svedish is relatively popular foreign language too.

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