Veliky Ustyug

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Veliky Ustyug
Великий Устюг
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Federal district Northwest Russia
Oblast Vologda
Rajon Veliky Ustyug
First mention 1207
City since 1218
surface 17  km²
population 31,665 inhabitants
(as of Oct. 14, 2010)
Population density 1863 inhabitants / km²
Height of the center 70  m
Time zone UTC + 3
Telephone code (+7) 81738
Post Code 162390-162396
License Plate 35
OKATO 19 410
Geographical location
Coordinates 60 ° 46 ′  N , 46 ° 18 ′  E Coordinates: 60 ° 46 ′ 0 ″  N , 46 ° 18 ′ 0 ″  E
Veliky Ustyug (European Russia)
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Location in the western part of Russia
Veliky Ustyug (Vologda Oblast)
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Location in Vologda Oblast
List of cities in Russia

Veliky Ustyug ( Russian Великий Устюг ) is a city in Russia . It is a district town and is located in the far northeast of the Vologda Oblast . It has 31,665 inhabitants (as of October 14, 2010).


In Veliky Ustyug the rivers unite Jug and Sukhona the Northern Dvina .


As early as the 9th to 10th centuries, there was a Finno-Ugric settlement at the mouth of the two rivers . In the 11th century, the Russian settlement of the region began from Novgorod . The city was first mentioned in 1207 under the name Ustjug (translated: mouth of the Jug); by 1212 it was obviously fortified, which indicates a longer Russian settlement history. Towards the end of the 14th century it fell to the Grand Duchy of Moscow . Ustyug has been an important trading center since the end of the 15th century; In the 16th century it was given the addition of "large" (Weliki) because of its importance.

Population development

year Residents
1897 11,137
1939 32,147
1959 37,026
1970 36,737
1979 37,916
1989 36,202
2002 33,419
2010 31,665

Note: census data


Veliky Ustyug has been known in Russia since 1999 for its Christmas post office in addition to the large number of preserved churches and monasteries, which are an outstanding example of ensembles of northern Russian architecture . The "residence" of Father Frost , the Russian Santa Claus counterpart, attracts tourists especially in winter.

Twin cities

Veliki Ustyug is a member of the New Hanseatic League .



The main belt asteroid (11480) Velikij Ustyug was named after the city.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Itogi Vserossijskoj perepisi naselenija 2010 goda. Tom 1. Čislennostʹ i razmeščenie naselenija (Results of the All-Russian Census 2010. Volume 1. Number and distribution of the population). Tables 5 , pp. 12-209; 11 , pp. 312–979 (download from the website of the Federal Service for State Statistics of the Russian Federation)

Web links

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