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Coordinates: 69°00′01″N 29°03′20″E / 69.00028°N 29.05556°E / 69.00028; 29.05556

Nautsi in 1940

Nautsi (Russian: Наутси) was a rural locality in Pechengsky District of Murmansk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.


The headwaters of the Paatsjoki River, which forms part of the border between Norway and Russia, begin near here.


Prior to World War II, Nautsi belonged to Finland. Finnish forces retreated to this location in 1939 during the Winter War.[1] During World War II, Germany sought to capture this area because of the nearby nickel mines.[2]

Nautsi became a part of the Soviet Union in 1945. It was officially abolished on December 13, 1962.[3]


  1. ^ Vernon Bartlett, W. Gordon Williams, Geoffrey Pomeroy Dennis, eds. (1940). The War of 1939. The Caxton Publishing Co. p. 39–40. 
  2. ^ Mann, Chris; Jörgensen, Christer (2003). Hitler's Arctic War: the German campaigns in Norway, Finland, and the USSR, 1940-1945. Thomas Dunne Books. Macmillan. p. 212. ISBN 0-312-31100-1. 
  3. ^ Архивный отдел Администрации Мурманской области. Государственный Архив Мурманской области. (1995). Административно-территориальное деление Мурманской области (1920-1993 гг.). Справочник. Мурманск: Мурманское издательско-полиграфическое предприятие "Север". p. 215.