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Neovia - Nyen - Nevanlinna - Ниенша́нц

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The Swedish fortress and town on the shore of River Neva (1611-1703)

Neovia - Nyenskans - Nyen - Nevanlinna - Ниенша́нц

Neovia, as the entire Swedish Ingria, was a short-lived project of less than a hundred years during the time of Sweden's "stormaktstid", the period as a powerful European nation.

There were at least hundreds, possibly up to some 2,500 people living in Neovia. Most of them left to Sweden or Finland when Czar Peter the Great occupied the area in 1703 and established his capital Sankt-Peterburg there.

The genealogy of the Neovians can tell a fascinating story of the history of the 17th century in a temporary corner of the Swedish Empire. Residents of Neovia / Nyenskans / Nyen / Nevanlinna seem often to have moved in from Sweden's Eastern areas: Finland, Estonia, Livonia, and even Sweden proper, but there were also quite a few German speaking immigrants - enough for their own German congregation and church in town!

All Geni users are welcome to join as collaborators and add more information and people to the project describing this Swedish-Ingrian city.

Tip: An easy way to find profiles of persons who are already in GENI: Use the Google search "nevanlinna OR nyen OR nyenskans" - but note that there are other places or persons with the name Nyen or Nevanlinna! Quite a few former Neovians are not yet linked to the project.

Book sources

John Chrispinsson (2011): Den glömda historien. Om svenska öden och äventyr i öster under tusen år. Norstedts, Stockholm. Pp. 145-173. Information about the book:

Carl Gabriel von Bonsdorff (1891, new edition 2012): Nyen och Nyenskans. Historisk skildring. . Nabu Press. Available e.g. from Amazon, see

Internet sources

General sources

Wikipedia versions in different languages seem to tell a partly different story of Neovia, and they contain links to different sources. Therefore several are listed here. For sources in languages you can't read, use Google Translator.

Genealogy sources