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Inta is a Russian city (since 1954), the center of Inta District. It is located in the northeast of the Komi Republic.

The population of Inta makes 27 723 people (as of 2015). Together with adjacent settlements it makes the municipality district of Inta, with the population of 30 512 people.

The city is located in the forest-tundra to the west of the Ural Mountains, in the northeast of the Komi Republic, on the left bank of River Bolshaya Inta. It stands at the distance of 608 km to Syktyvkar and 1600 km to Moscow.

The city of Inta belongs to the areas of Extreme North. It has long severe winters with steady snow cover and cool damp summer with few cloudless and hot days.

Collapse of the USSR led to steep downfall in coal production and consequently the economy of Inta fell into decay, with only one of six mines remaining in the city. It led to reduction of workplaces and massive outflow of dwellers from the city.

The historical part of Inta, the so-called Old City was built in the middle of the 20th century and consisted of two-storeyed wooden houses. Later on, from the 1960s the construction of standard multi-storey brick buildings was started there.

In 1955 construction of a water tower, which is the main sight of Inta and a symbol on its coat of arms was completed. The Swedish political prisoner Artur Tamvelius, who considered the former design of the building to be "sad" became the architect of the famous tower. Presently the water tower is out of service and in a shabby condition. However, it serves as a museum building.

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