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For the former municipality in Finland, see Värtsilä, Finland.

Coordinates: 62°11′00″N 30°41′00″E / 62.1833°N 30.6833°E / 62.1833; 30.6833

Vyartsilya (Russian: Вяртсиля; Finnish and Karelian: Värtsilä) is an urban locality (an urban-type settlement) under the administrative jurisdiction of the Town of Sortavala in the Republic of Karelia, Russia, located near the border with Finland, 256 kilometers (159 mi) west of Petrozavodsk. Population: 3,080 (2010 Census);[1] 3,230 (2002 Census);[2] 2,915 (1989 Census).[3]


Before World War II, Vyartsilya belonged to Finland.

Border crossing[edit]

Vyartsilya is a major border checkpoint on the Russian-Finnish border, with about one million people crossing the border annually. It is said[by whom?] that during the Cold War, from time to time, exchanges of captured spies would occur there.

An international tourist route, Blue Highway, goes through Vyartsilya. The Blue Highway goes through four countries from Mo i Rana, Norway, via Sweden and Finland to Pudozh in Russia.


  1. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года[All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014.