The Republic of Karelia (Karelia, Karjala) (Liv. Karels. Karjalan tazavaldu, priv. Karels. Karjalan tašavalta, Fin. Karjalan tasavalta, Veps. Karjalan Tazovaldkund) - Republic, a subject of the Russian Federation, which is part of the North-West Federal District.
The Republic of Karelia is the successor of the Karelian labor commune.
The western border of Karelia coincides with the state border of the Russian Federation and Finland, has a length of 798.3 km, while acting as a border with the European Union. In eastern Karelia borders on the Arkhangelsk region, in the south - the Vologda and Leningrad regions in the north - with the Murmansk region.
The capital of the Republic of Karelia - Petrozavodsk.
The main tourist sights of Karelia:
Archipelago Body archipelago consists of 16 islands in the White Sea. The islands are known ancient Sami burial location, and is the only place in the White Sea, where you can observe at close range the rare beluga whales.
Valaam Island, located in Lake Ladoga, known not only for its history, but also an extraordinary nature. The unique landscape and architectural complex and Orthodox shrines located on the island of Valaam archipelago attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.
Kizhi - the pearl of Karelia is based one of the most beautiful monuments of wooden architecture in Russia - Kizhi churchyard.
National park "Paanajärvi" - one of the most beautiful parts of Karelia, where nature is preserved in its original purity and beauty. Tourists who come here on excursions, waiting for vast forests, many rivers and calm surface of Lake Paanajärvi.
Onega (Onega, Finnish. Ääninen, Äänisjärvi) - the second largest after the Ladoga European pond in the north-western part of the Russian Federation - is located on the territory of Karelia, the Leningrad and Vologda regions. Area - 9.7 thousand sq. Km (excluding islands).
Solovki Solovetsky Monastery - these two names are always shrouded in an aura of legend for us and mystery. Legends about how on a tiny archipelago lost in the harsh and cold waters of the White Sea, hard work and faith of devotees created a Russian "Eighth Wonder of the World."