Mustamäe

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Mustamäe
District of Tallinn
Sõpruse puiestee
Sõpruse puiestee
Flag of Mustamäe
Flag
Coat of arms of Mustamäe
Coat of arms
Location of Mustamäe in Tallinn.
Location of Mustamäe in Tallinn.
Coordinates: 59°24′17″N 24°40′50″E / 59.40472°N 24.68056°E / 59.40472; 24.68056Coordinates: 59°24′17″N 24°40′50″E / 59.40472°N 24.68056°E / 59.40472; 24.68056
Country Estonia
County Harju County
City Tallinn
Government
 • District Elder Helle Kalda (Centre Party)
Area
 • Total 8.1 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Population (01.11.2014[1])
 • Total 66,305
 • Density 8,200/km2 (21,000/sq mi)
Website mustamae-district

Mustamäe (Estonian for Blackhill) is one of the 8 administrative districts (Estonian: linnaosa) of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The smallest by area (it covers only 8.1 km²), it is at the same time the second largest district by population with 66,305 inhabitants (As of 1 November 2014).[1] It is located 5 km from the centre of Tallinn and is bordered by districts Haabersti, Nõmme, and Kristiine. Local housing is mostly represented by 5–9 storeys high panel blocks of flats, built in the 1960–1970s. Mustamäe is usually referred to as a bedroom community.

Geography[edit]

Mustamäe covers 8.1 km² and is located 5 km from the centre of Tallinn. Mustamäe is bordered by the streets Tuuliku, Kadaka tee, Tildri, Siili, Nõmme tee, Retke tee, Ehitajate tee, Üliõpilaste tee, Raja, Soone, Lossi, Mäepealse, Kadaka puiestee, Järveotsa tee. Mustamäe is bordered by Nõmme hill (part of the Baltic Klint) in the south and Tallinn Zoo in northwest.

Mustamäe is divided into 4 subdistricts (Estonian: asum):

History[edit]

Apartment blocks on Vilde road

Established in 1962 and completed in 1973 as a microdistrict, Mustamäe was Tallinn's first large district. Similar districts, Õismäe and Lasnamäe were completed later.

Population[edit]

Ethnic composition (2013)[2]
Ethnic group Percentage
Estonians 57.5%
Russians 34.3%
Ukrainians 3.2%
Belarusians 1.7%
Finns 0.7%
Jews 0.4%
Tatars 0.3%
Others 1.8%

Mustamäe has a population of 66,305 (As of 1 November 2014).[1]

Population development
Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Population 64,918 65,837 65,692 64,500 64,243 64,339 64,113 64,597 64,237 64,425 65,866

Landmarks and institutions[edit]

Schools[edit]

View of Mustamäe from Nõmme

Transportation[edit]

Bus stop on Sõpruse puiestee

Mustamäe is connected to the rest of Tallinn via three main streets: Mustamäe tee and Sõpruse puiestee lead to the centre of Tallinn, and Ehitajate tee crosses Mustamäe while connecting Nõmme and Õismäe. Other major streets include: A. H. Tammsaare tee, Kadaka tee, Ed. Vilde tee, and Akadeemia tee. Most of the public transportation operates on these streets. Mustamäe is serviced by buses and trolleybuses. Out the 8 trolleybus lines of Tallinn, 6 operate (partly) in Mustamäe.

Government[edit]

List of District Elders (linnaosavanem) of Mustamäe:[3]

Years Name Party
1993 Ain Lillepalu
1993–1999 Jevgeni Tomberg United People's Party
1999 Vladimir Ivanov United People's Party
1999–2000 Pavel Starostin United People's Party
2000–2001 Voldemar Trumm United People's Party
2001–2004 Helle Kalda Centre Party
2004 Aivar Riisalu Centre Party
2004–2005 Mario Sootna People's Union
2005–2009 Kalle Mihkels Centre Party
2009–2011 Lauri Laats Social Democrats
2011–present Helle Kalda Centre Party

Cultural significance[edit]

Books:

  • "The Autumn Ball: Scenes of City Life" (1979) by Mati Unt (translated from Estonian by Mart Aru)
  • "Mustamäe armastus" (1978) by Arvo Valton
  • "Minu Mustamäe" (2013) by Armin Kõomägi

Songs:

  • "Mustamäe valss" (Mustamäe Walz), composed by Avo Tamme; lyrics by Heldur Karmo
  • "Kus on mu kodu"' (Where is my home?), by Agent M

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tallinna elanike arv" (in Estonian). Tallinn City Government. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tallinn arvudes 2013" (in Estonian). Tallinn. p. 19. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Tallinn : entsüklopeedia. 1., A-M, 2004. lk. 352

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