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In the area of Sindi was the Mesolithic settlement of Pulli, dating from around 8500 BC - the oldest known settlement in Estonia. It was discovered by geologists in 1965. The settlement probably existed for a short period, as the area was later covered by water. As a swampy region, the area remained unpopulated until the 16th century.
The town's name is derived from Clauss Zindt, a mayor of Pärnu in 1565, who founded a manor (Zintenhof) where the town is now. The settlement was formed in 1833 around a textile factory owned by the manor. It officially became a borough in 1921 and a town in 1938.
Important to the town's development was the founding of a railway station 1928. The railway operated until 1970.
Sindi is located on the left bank of Pärnu River, between the river and the wetland of Lanksaare.
- Uno Palu (born 1933), decathlete
- Allar Raja (born 1983), rower
- Julius Seljamaa (1883–1936), politician and diplomat
- The Tuberkuloited, rock band originally from Sindi
- Official website (in Estonian)
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