Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
city and capital of Komi republic, northwestern Russia. It lies at the confluence of the Vychegda and Sysola rivers. It was founded in 1586 as Ust-Sysolsk and was made a city in 1780, but its remoteness hindered growth, and in fact it was used as a place of exile. In the 1960s a large timber-processing plant was built on Syktyvkar's northern outskirts, producing paper, pulp, hardboard, and plywood. The modern city has major shipbuilding, ship repair, sawmilling, and paper-pulp industries as well as a teacher-training institute and a branch of the Academy of Sciences. Pop. (1993 est.) 226,300