Raasiku

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Raasiku
Harju-Jaani church
Harju-Jaani church
Raasiku is located in Estonia
Raasiku
Raasiku
Coordinates: 59°22′N 25°11′E / 59.367°N 25.183°E / 59.367; 25.183Coordinates: 59°22′N 25°11′E / 59.367°N 25.183°E / 59.367; 25.183
Country Estonia
County Harju County
Parish Raasiku Parish
Population (2011 Census[1])
 • Total 1,210
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

Raasiku is a small borough (alevik) in Raasiku Parish, Harju County, Estonia, with a population of 1,210 (2011 Census).[1] Although situated in a parish with the same name, Raasiku is not the official administrative centre of the municipality (which is Aruküla, located some kilometers or one railway station closer to Tallinn). The settlement started to grow in the 19th century around the railway station. The Raasiku manor (first mentioned in 1497) was established on the grounds of the earlier Kaemla (Keamol) village and in the middle ages it belonged to Padise Abbey.

There is a primary school (since 1717), community centre, library, health care centre, pharmacy, kindergarten and three grocery stores in Raasiku. Also some industrial manufacturers operate there: AS Mistra produces car carpets and wall finishing materials; AS Raasiku Elekter makes electrical equipment and metal products.

Harju-Jaani John the Baptist Lutheran church is in Raasiku. The current church building was built in 1863, but there are preserved foundations of the old chapel. There is the church yard, the old and the new cemetery and a manor park.

Transport[edit]

Raasiku train station water tower

Raasiku is split by the Tallinn-Tapa railway. The railway station was opened in 1870. In Soviet times a building for the goods station and signalling control was built. The historical wooden passenger station was demolished in 2000 but the ancillary buildings and water tower have been preserved. All suburban trains stop there and also trains heading in the direction of Tartu and Narva (except for express trains). A ride to Tallinn takes about 35 minutes (30 minutes with the express suburban train).

Raasiku also has a bus connection to Tallinn (generally much slower than the train due to the length of the lines and large number of stops). There are four bus stops in Raasiku.

The Jägala-Vasalemma road passes through Raasiku and local roads to Kostivere, Kehra, Anija and Aruaru emerge from it.

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