Old merry Viipuri
Old merry Viipuri (now called Vyborg by the Russians) is the capital of the lost province of Karelia and has an almost mythical status in songs and stories. Before the war it was Finland's most cosmopolitan place and also, with 74,403 inhabitants in 1939, the second-biggest city. In addition to the Finns who lived there, there were thriving communities of Russians, Germans, Swedes and Jews. Economically and culturally, bustling Viipuri was the gateway to St. Petersburg. - The castle built in 1293 still guards the city. Picture from 1939.