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Subdistrict of Tallinn
Preesi street with typical wooden apartment buildings from the 1930s.
Preesi street with typical wooden apartment buildings from the 1930s.
Pelgulinn within Põhja-Tallinn.
Pelgulinn within Põhja-Tallinn.
Country  Estonia
County Flag of et-Harju maakond.svg Harju County
City Flag of Tallinn.svg Tallinn
District Flag-Pohja-Tallinn.png Põhja-Tallinn
Population (01.01.2014[1])
 • Total 15,865

Pelgulinn (Estonian for "Shelter town") is a subdistrict (asum) of Põhja-Tallinn (North Tallinn) in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It is located about 2 km (1 mi) northwest from the city centre. Pelgulinn borders Kalamaja to the east, Kelmiküla to the southeast, Lilleküla to the south, Merimetsa to the west, Pelguranna to the northwest, and Karjamaa to the north. In 2008 the population of Pelgulinn was 15,865 (As of 1 January 2014).[1]

In the 18th century the area was largely covered by meadows and forests. It was used by criminals and outlaws as a hiding place, hence the name Pelgulinn which refers to a hiding place. Pelgulinn started as a slum inhabited by the workers of Tallinn–Saint Petersburg railway in the end of 19th century.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Statistical Yearbook of Tallinn 2014". Tallinn City Government. p. 52. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pelgulinna asumi ajaloost" (in Estonian). Tallinn Retrieved 24 November 2009. 

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Coordinates: 59°26′28″N 24°42′50″E / 59.441213°N 24.713852°E / 59.441213; 24.713852