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(until 1918, Serdobol’), a city under republic jurisdiction in the Karelian ASSR. Landing on the northern shore of Lake Ladoga. Railroad station. Population, 23,000 (1975).
Sortavala has enterprises for servicing railroad transport, a combine producing furniture and skis, a clothing association, a fish-processing plant, a milk plant, and a meat-packing plant. It also has a Soviet trade technicum and a sovkhoz technicum.
Sortavala is a climatic health resort. Summers are moderately warm, with an average July temperature of 16°C, and winters are comparatively mild, with an average January temperature of – 9°C. Annual precipitation is approximately 560 mm. Sortavala has houses of rest, tourist centers, and a sanatorium for adults and children suffering from tuberculosis and rheumatic fever.