Püssi

 

 

Püssi is a town in Lüganuse parish, Ida-Virum county, in northeastern Estonia, with a population of 917 people as of 2018. It is located close to the road between Tallinn and St. Petersburg.

After the end of 45 years of Soviet rule in Estonia, Püssi experienced a sharp economic decline and a massive exodus of the population. In 1989, the population of Pussy was 2,400 people, and 20 years later, in 2009, it was only 1809. The population continued to decline and by 2012 amounted to 1,783 people. In October 2013, Püssi, together with the parish of Maidla, were merged into the parish of Lüganuse, and therefore ceased to exist as sovereign municipalities.

 

By 2002, Püssi had accumulated 20 million kroons of debt, the equivalent of 1.3 million euros; and real estate prices became so low that apartments were valued at about zero. Since then, the city's economy has begun to recover. Pussi plans to build an industrial park. The chairman of the city council said in an interview to the Baltic Times that the value of real estate in the city is only 1% of the value of the capital city of Tallinn.

St. Petersburg is historically the center of chipboard production. At the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the city's largest employer was chipboard manufacturer Repo Vabrikud, employing 1,400 people, more than half of the city. Although Repo Vabrikud has cut employment significantly, other particle board manufacturers have moved. The Sorbes Group has a production center for its "Repo by Sorbes" particleboard line in Pussy. In 2011, Estonian furniture maker Viisnurk took over a dormant softboard factory in the city with the intention of producing the softboard for international clients in Asia and Europe.

In December 2010, Siemens announced that Püssi had been selected as the location of one of two converter stations for its EstLink 2 high voltage transmission line between Estonia and Finland.


Attractions Püssi
House of Culture Püssi
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The Püssi Cultural Center is a cultural center in Pussi, Ida-Virumaa, at Kooli street 5, the head of the cultural center is Tiit Aruve.