|— Town and municipality —|
|• Mayor||Enno Mägar (IRL)|
|• Density||849/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Püssi is a town in Ida-Viru County, Estonia, with a population of 1,783 as of 2012. It is located on the road between the Estonian capital city Tallinn and the major Russian city St. Petersburg.
Following the end of the period of Estonian rule by the Soviet Union, Püssi saw a sharp economic downturn and a population exodus. In 1989 the population of Püssi stood at 2,400 people. Two decades later, in 2009, the population was only 1,809. The population has continued to decrease and by 2012 stood at 1,783 people.
By 2002 Püssi had accumulated 20 million kroons of debt, the equivalent to 1.3 million euros, and property values had become so low that apartments were valued around zero. Since then, the city's economy has begun to recover. Püssi has planned the construction of an industrial park. The Chairman of the town council, in an interview with The Baltic Times, marketed Püssi by stating that property values in the city were only 1% of those of the capital city of Tallinn.
Püssi has historically served as a production center for particle board. At the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the town's largest employer was a particle board manufacturer, Repo Vabrikud, that employed 1,400 people, over half the city. Although Repo Vabrikud has scaled back employment significantly, other particle board manufacturers have moved in. Sorbes Group has the production center for their "Repo by Sorbes" line of particle board in Püssi. In 2011, the Estonian furniture manufacturer Viisnurk took over an inactive softboard factory in the city with the intention of manufacturing softboard for international clients in Asia and Europe.
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