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Treaty effects: pre-war Sweden in yellow, Russia in green, Russian gains indicated.


The Treaty of Nystad (Russian: Ништадтский мир, Finnish language: Uudenkaupungin rauha , Swedish language: Freden i Nystad ) was the last peace treaty of the Great Northern War. It was concluded between the Tsardom of Russia and the Swedish Empire on 10 September [O.S. 30 August] 1721 in the then Swedish town of Nystad (Finnish language: Uusikaupunki ). Sweden had settled with the other parties in Stockholm and Frederiksborg.

During the war, Peter I of Russia had occupied all Swedish possessions on the eastern Baltic coast: Swedish Ingria, where the soon to be new Russian capital of St. Petersburg was begun in 1703, Swedish Estonia and Swedish Livonia, which had capitulated in 1710, and Finland.

In Nystad, Frederick I of Sweden formally recognized the transfer of Estonia, Livonia, Ingria, and Southeast Finland (Kexholmslän and part of Karelia) to Russia in exchange for two million silver thaler, while the bulk of Finland was returned to Sweden.[1][2]

The treaty enshrined the rights of the Baltic-German nobility within Estonia and Livonia to maintain their financial system, existing customs border, self-government, Lutheran religion, and the German language; this special position in the Russian Empire was reconfirmed by all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great to Alexander II.[3]

Nystad manifested the decisive shift in the European balance of power which the war had brought about: the Swedish imperial era was over; Sweden entered the Age of Liberty, while Russia had emerged as a new empire.

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In pre-1917 Saint Petersburg, in the Vyborgsky district (relatively nearest to Russo-Finnish border) one of the thoroughfares (now Lesnoy prospekt) was named after the Nystad treaty (Nystadt Street, Rus. Ништадтская улица).[4] The district also houses a church commemorating the first Russian victory in the Great Northern war, the Battle of Poltava - St.Sampsonius' Cathedral.


  1. Russian: РГАДА. Рукописный отдел библиотеки Московской Синодальной типографии. Фонд 381, ед.хр.805. Л.6. Original handwritten text of the Treaty of Nystad in Russian
  2. [] Error: {{Lang-xx}}: no text (help)Ништадтский мирный договор между Россией и Швецией, 30 августа 1721 г. Text of the Treaty of Nystad in Russian
  3. Ragsdale, Hugh; V. N. Ponomarev (1993). Imperial Russian foreign policy. Cambridge University Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-521-44229-9. 
  4. Лев Успенский. Записки старого петербуржца. (Lev Uspenskii. Zapiski starogo peterburjca.) Any edition.

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