Rapla County

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Rapla County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Rapla County
Flag of Rapla County
Flag
Coat of arms of Rapla County
Coat of arms
Location of Rapla County
Country Estonia
Capital Rapla
Government
 • Governor Tiit Leier
Area
 • Total 2,979.70 km2 (1,150.47 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2013[1])
 • Total 34,442
 • Density 12/km2 (30/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Estonians 94%
 • other 6%
ISO 3166 code EE-70
Vehicle registration L
Website www.raplamv.ee

Rapla County (Estonian: Rapla maakond), or Raplamaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in western part of the country and borders Järva County to the east, Pärnu County to the south, Lääne County to the west, and Harju County to the north. 36,678 people live in Rapla County – constituting 2.7% of the total population in Estonia (as of January 2009).[1]

History[edit]

The first written records of Rapla date back to the 1241 Danish census (Liber Census Daniae).

County government[edit]

The County Government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by a Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Since 2009, the Governor position is held by Tiit Leier.

Municipalities[edit]

Municipalities of Rapla County

The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 10 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Rapla County:

Geography[edit]

Natural resources found in Rapla county include limestone, dolomite, peat, and clay.

Miscellaneous topics[edit]

The church of Rapla was built in 1901. However, much of the interior dates back to several hundred years earlier and is of high virtu and historical value. In the church yard there are several crosses remaining from the 17th century.

Gallery[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°55′N 24°45′E / 58.917°N 24.750°E / 58.917; 24.750