Pärnu County

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Pärnu County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Pärnu County
Flag of Pärnu County
Flag
Coat of arms of Pärnu County
Coat of arms
Location of Pärnu County
Country Estonia
Capital Pärnu
Government
 • Governor Andres Metsoja
Area
 • Total 4,806.68 km2 (1,855.87 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2013[1])
 • Total 81,428
 • Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Estonians 89.1%
 • Russians 8%
 • other 3%
ISO 3166 code EE-67
Vehicle registration F
Website www.parnumaa.ee

Pärnu County (Estonian: Pärnu maakond), or Pärnumaa (German: Kreis Pernau), is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in south-western part of the country, on the coast of Gulf of Riga, and borders Lääne and Rapla counties to the north, Järva and Viljandi counties to the east, and Latvia to the south. 81,428 people live in Pärnu County – constituting 6.3% of the total population in Estonia (as of January 2013).[1]

Pärnu County is the largest county of Estonia in terms of land area.

History[edit]

In Pärnu county there is the oldest known human settlement in Estonia, from town of Sindi 2 km upstream by Pärnu River, near village Pulli. 8500 years BC. Mesolithic historical period.

County Government[edit]

The County Government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Since 1 January 2010, the Governor position is held by Andres Metsoja.

Tourism[edit]

The city of Pärnu is a popular holiday resort for Estonians and increasingly for non-Estonians, e.g., from Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Russia.

Municipalities[edit]

The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 2 urban municipalities (Estonian: linnad – towns) and 18 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Pärnu County.

Municipalities of Pärnu County

Urban municipalities:

Rural municipalities:

Geography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population by sex, ethnic nationality and County, 1 January". stat.ee. Statistics Estonia. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 58°25′N 24°35′E / 58.417°N 24.583°E / 58.417; 24.583