Coordinates: 58°20′N 44°46′E / 58.333°N 44.767°E / 58.333; 44.767

Manturovo (Russian: Мантурово) is a town in Kostroma Oblast, Russia, located on the right bank of the Unzha River (Volga's tributary), 260 kilometers (160 mi) northeast of Kostroma. Population: 17,479 (2010 Census preliminary results);[1] 19,457 (2002 Census);[2] 22,452 (1989 Census);[3] 22,000 (1970).


Manturovo was an ancient Finno-Ugric Meri people trading settlement and a wooden hill fortress located at the confluence of the Unzha and Mezha Rivers. The name means Mantu = Podzol, Rova = higher place in sparsely coniferous forest. According to its name it have had a Saame or Nenents roots. Finno Ugrian Rova derives from Saame (Sami) word Roavve which means hill or open place as result of forest fire . Thus the place was inhabited at least c. 2000 BC. It become a Meri settlement by c. 300 AD and remained so at least to 1300 century.

According to Russian history, the village of Manturovo was first mentioned in 1617. Later on, it grew into a town and was granted town status in 1958.

Manturovo was connected by St. Petersburg–Vyatka Railway to Vyatka and Perm in 1908. Since then it has developed from quiet country village railway station to a forest industry center including a big fener factory. A Finnish forest company has plans to open a big modern forest industry center to Manturovo, nearly a billion euro investment, if Russian government guarantee its legal ownership according to the WTO standards.


  1. ^ Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2011). "Предварительные итоги Всероссийской переписи населения 2010 года (Preliminary results of the 2010 All-Russian Population Census)" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2010). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  2. ^ Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2004-05-21). "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)" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  3. ^ "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.)" (in Russian). Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года (All-Union Population Census of 1989). Demoscope Weekly (website of the Institute of Demographics of the State University—Higher School of Economics. 1989. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 

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