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Находка (Russian)
-  City[1]  -
Nakhodka from West.jpg
View of Nakhodka
Map of Russia - Primorsky Krai (2008-03).svg
Location of Primorsky Krai in Russia
Nakhodka is located in Primorsky Krai
Location of Nakhodka in Primorsky Krai
Coordinates: 42°49′N 132°52′E / 42.817°N 132.867°E / 42.817; 132.867Coordinates: 42°49′N 132°52′E / 42.817°N 132.867°E / 42.817; 132.867
Coat of Arms of Nakhodka (Primorsky kray).png
Flag of Nakhodka (Primorsky krai vector).svg
Coat of arms
City Day Last Sunday in May[citation needed]
Administrative status (as of December 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Primorsky Krai[1]
Administratively subordinated to Nakhodka City Under Krai Jurisdiction[1]
Administrative center of Nakhodka City Under Krai Jurisdiction[1]
Municipal status (as of December 2004)
Urban okrug Nakhodkinsky Urban Okrug[2]
Administrative center of Nakhodkinsky Urban Okrug[2]
Head[citation needed] Oleg Kolyadin[citation needed]
Population (2010 Census) 159,719 inhabitants[3]
Rank in 2010 110th
Time zone VLAT (UTC+10:00)[4]
City status since May 18, 1950[citation needed]
Postal code(s)[5] 690890, 692900–692906, 692909–692911, 692913, 692914, 692916–692924, 692926, 692928–692930, 692939–692941, 692943, 692952–692954, 692956
Dialing code(s) +7 4236[citation needed]
Nakhodka on Wikimedia Commons

Nakhodka (Russian: Находка, IPA: [nɐˈxotkə]) is a port city in Primorsky Krai, Russia, located on the Trudny Peninsula jutting into the Nakhodka Bay of the Sea of Japan, about 85 kilometers (53 mi) east of Vladivostok, the administrative center of the krai. Population: 159,719 (2010 Census);[3] 148,826 (2002 Census);[6] 160,056 (1989 Census).[7]


The Nakhodka Bay, around which the city is organized, was found in 1859 by the Russian corvette Amerika, which sought shelter in the bay during a storm. In honor of this occasion, the ice-free and relatively calm bay was named Nakhodka, which in Russian means "discovery" or "lucky find".

An imperial settlement existed here from 1868 to 1872 but was abandoned following the death of its administrator, Harold Furuhjelm. In the fall of 1870, Otto Wilhelm Lindholm established a whaling station across the bay from the settlement. In the spring of 1871 he fitted out his schooner Hannah Rice and sailed to Posyet, where he caught six gray whales.[8]

Until the 20th century, the area around the bay remained uninhabited, with the first settlement a small fishing village founded in 1907.[citation needed] When the Soviet government decided to build a harbor in the area in the 1930s, a number of small settlements were founded, which were merged as a work settlement in the 1940s. On May 18, 1950, the settlement, by then with a population of about 28,000 residents, was granted town status.[citation needed]

Administrative and municipal status[edit]

Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is, together with three rural localities, incorporated as Nakhodka City Under Krai Jurisdiction—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, Nakhodka City Under Krai Jurisdiction is incorporated as Nakhodkinsky Urban Okrug.[2]


Nakhodka has one of the mildest climates in Primorsky Krai and in the whole of the Asian part of Russia thanks to its southerly location and oceanic influences from the Sea of Japan. Average temperature in January is −9.3 °C (15.3 °F); in August (the warmest month), it is +20.6 °C (69.1 °F). It is classified as a humid continental climate due to the vast seasonal differences and is a very cold climate for a coastal location below 43 degrees latitude. The maritime influence is manifested in low diurnal temperature variation and a vast summer seasonal lag. Due to the influence of the interior, there is a sharp drop in temperatures between October and November. Half of the year has mean temperatures above 10 °C (50 °F), in spite of the warmest month being only moderately warm and the coldest month having quite severe cold, with a very low seasonal lag in winter.

Climate data for Nakhodka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 9
Average high °C (°F) −6.2
Daily mean °C (°F) −9.3
Average low °C (°F) −12.2
Record low °C (°F) −27
Average precipitation mm (inches) 38
Source #1: Primorsky-Meteo[9]
Source #2: Weatherbase[10]

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Nakhodka Port, September 2010

The city's economy, based mostly around the port and port-related activity such as fish processing and canning, has suffered since 1991 as Vladivostok was opened to foreign activity again. Local industry also took a hit during the 1998 Russian financial crisis. However, Nakhodka has been declared a free economic zone, and the governments in both Moscow (federal) and Vladivostok (regional) have seemed interested in opening the city further to foreign investment.

Nakhodka is also an important transport junction where goods from Japan are transferred from ships onto the Russian railway system, including the Trans-Siberian Railway portion of the Eurasian Land Bridge.

As of 2010, there are 1,932 enterprises listed. There are 646 retail stores, 210 public catering entities, 9 markets. Annual turnover tops 13, 1 bln rubles (over 400, 400 USD). There operate many malls, supermarkets, federal chain store outlets in the city, the examples being Svyaznoy, Yevroset, Eldorado, and many others.

City's enterprises make their entry in the '100 best goods of Russia' nationwide contest, among numerous others, on a regular basis to a moderate success.

There was also opened a consulting center for young entrepreneurs, a collaboration of sister-cities' municipalities of Nakhodka and Bellingham, United States.


FC Okean Nakhodka is the only professional sport club in the city. It spent the 1992 and 1993 seasons in the Russian Premier League. It is also the home town of association football player Viktor Fayzulin.

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Nakhodka has the following sister city relationships:

City State/Province Country Date
Maizuru Flag of Kyoto Prefecture.svg Kyoto  Japan June 19611
Otaru Flag of Hokkaido Prefecture.svg Hokkaido  Japan September 12, 1966
Bellingham  Washington  United States April 1975
Oakland  California  United States April 1975
Tsuruga Flag of Fukui Prefecture.svg Fukui  Japan October 1982
Jilin China Jilin  China July 1991
Donghae South Korea Gangwon  South Korea December 1991
Clare  Michigan  United States October 1997
Phuket Seal Phuket.png Phuket Province  Thailand September 21, 2006

^1 First Soviet Union-Japan sister city



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  2. ^ a b c Law #183-KZ
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  4. ^ 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.).
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  9. ^ "Nakhodka climate normalspublisher=Primorsky-Meteo" (in Russian). Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  10. ^ | url = | title = Nakhodka Climate Normals | publisher = Weatherbase | accessdate = 20 April 2017}}


  • Законодательное Собрание Приморского края. Закон №161-КЗ от 14 ноября 2001 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Приморского края», в ред. Закона №673-КЗ от 6 октября 2015 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Приморского края "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Приморского края"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Красное знамя Приморья", №69 (119), 29 ноября 2001 г.(Legislative Assembly of Primorsky Krai. Law #161-KZ of November 14, 2001 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Primorsky Krai, as amended by the Law #673-KZ of October 6, 2015 On Amending the Law of Primorsky Krai "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Primorsky Krai". Effective as of the official publication date.).
  • Законодательное Собрание Приморского края. Закон №183-КЗ от 6 декабря 2004 г. «О Находкинском городском округе». Вступил в силу 1 января 2005 г.. Опубликован: "Ведомости Законодательного Собрания Приморского края", №77, 8 декабря 2004 г.(Legislative Assembly of Primorsky Krai. Law #183-KZ of December 6, 2004 On Nakhodkinsky Urban Okrug. Effective as of January 1, 2005.).

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