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"Inkerin Liito", a Finnish Public Society

Subject / Ethnic culture
Subject / Ethnic culture/Ethnic communities/
Subject / Ethnic culture//

"Inkerin Lito" ("Ingermanlandsky soyuz" ("Ingermanlandian Union") is a society of Finns of Ingermanlandia. It was organized in 1988 (the constituent assembly was in Taytsi Urban Settlement) and registered in 1989. In S.Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast there are 18 branches of S.Petersburg, Vsevolozhsk (Koltushi), Tosno, Kolpino, Vyborg, Sestroretsk and Zelenogorsk, Otradnoye, Pushkin, Strelna and Lomonosov, Sosnovy Bor, Toksovo, Gatchina, Taitsi, Priozersk, Kipen', Kingisepp, Volosovo, Novodevyatkino. There are branches in some other regions of Russia where the representatives of the diaspora of Finns of Ingermanlandia live (Moscow, Pskov, Irkutsk). The supreme authority of "Inkerin Lito" is an annual congress electing the Council and the chairman (every two years) (since 1998 the chairman has been A.I.Kiryanen). The society joins more than 3500 people. The aim of the society is "keeping Finns of Ingermanlandia as an ethnic community on their native land". The society works out and carries out the events related to the national cultural regeneration of the Finns of Russia: working with folklore (some choirs and folk musical groups were formed), organizing the courses of the Finnish language in Ingermanlandia (S.Petersburg, Gatchina, Koltushi, Sosnovy Bor, Tosno, Vyborg), since 1989 every year the national festival "Yukhannus" ("Juhannus") has been held. "Inkerin Lito" took part in organizing Ingermanlandian agricultural school (1993, Pushkin Town), an old people's home in Taitsi Urban Settlement, Koltushi, Martyshkino, Tervolovo (Gatchina District), Kikerino together with representatives of Finland. In 2000 the Finnish multifunctional centre was opened in Gatchina as part of Finland State project of assistance to the Finns of Ingermanlandia. The society occupies itself with the problem of job placement, including organization of seasonal works in Finland, for young people. "Inkerin Lito" keeps in touch with the Ingermanlandian Union of Finns of Karelia, the organizations of Ingermanlandia Finns in Estonia, Sweden, Finland, the Evangelical Luteran Church of Ingria, Finnish voluntary organizations "Villa Inkeri", "Voluntate"; takes part in the work of the Parliament of foreign Finns (it was founded in 1997) representing the interests of the Finn diaspora. Since 1998 the newspaper "Inkeri" has been published (6 issues a year).

Chistyakov, Anton Yuryevich

Kiryanen, Aleksandr Ivanovich

Neighbouring Territories/Estonia
Neighbouring Territories/Finland
Leningrad Oblast, the/Gatchina District/Gatchina Town
Historical Toponyms/Ingermanlandia (Ingria)
Leningrad Oblast, the/Volosovo District/Kikerino Settlement
Leningrad Oblast, the/Vsevolozhsk District/Koltushi Village
Saint-Petersburg City/Martyshkino
Neighbouring Territories/Pskov City
Saint-Petersburg City/Pushkin Town
Saint-Petersburg City
Leningrad Oblast, the/Sosnovy Bor Town
Leningrad Oblast, the/Gatchina District/Taytsi Urban Settlement
Leningrad Oblast, the/Gatchina District/Tervolovo Village
Leningrad Oblast, the/Tosno District/Tosno Town
Leningrad Oblast, the/Vyborg District/Vyborg Town

Кокко В. «Инкерин Лиитто»: 15 лет национального строительства // Инкери. 2003. Октябрь-ноябрь., С. 1-2
"Inkerin Liitto" Inkerinsuomalaisten yhdistys. URL:, С. 1-2

Subject Index
Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ingria
Ingermanlandia Union of Finns of Karelia
"Inkeri", a newspaper
Uhannus, a festival
Villa Inkeri, a voluntary organization

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