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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.
CountyHarju County
 • Total15,949

Pelgulinn (Estonian for "Refuge 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. Subdistrict has a population of 15,949 (As of 1 January 2015).[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 the 19th century.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Statistical Yearbook of Tallinn 2015". Tallinn City Government. p. 38. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Pelgulinna asumi ajaloost" (in Estonian). Tallinn Retrieved 24 November 2009. External link in |publisher= (help)

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