Võru County

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Võru County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Võru County
Flag of Võru County
Coat of arms of Võru County
Coat of arms
Location of Võru County
Country Estonia
Capital Võru
 • Governor Andres Kõiv
 • Total 2,305.44 km2 (890.14 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2013[1])
 • Total 32,806
 • Density 14/km2 (37/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code EE-86
Vehicle registration V
Website www.vorumaa.ee

Võrumaa or Võru maakond (English: Võru County, Võro: Võro maakund, German: Kreis Werro) officially, is a county in Southern Estonia. It is bordered to the north by the Põlva County and the Lake Pihkva; to the west by Valga County; to the south by Latvia; and to the east by the Russian Federation.

The territory of Võrumaa covers 2,305 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. In January 2013 Võru County had a population of 32,806 – constituting 2.5% of the total population in Estonia.[1]


Võrumaa in its historical borders (Võro: Vana Võromaa) included eight parishes: Karula, Hargla, Urvaste, Rõuge, Kanepi, Põlva, Räpina and Vastseliina. These parishes are currently centered (due to redistricting) in Võru and Põlva Counties with parts extending into Valga and Tartu Counties. From 1944 to 1953, the Estonian Forest Brothers (anti-Soviet partisans) were most active in Võru County.

County Government[edit]

The County Government (Maavalitsus) is led by Governor (maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Since 2010 the Governor position is taken by Andres Kõiv. Estonian: 95.3%. Russian: 3.4%


The county is subdivided into municipalities. There is 1 urban municipality (linn – town) and 12 rural municipalities (vallad – parishes) in Võru County.

Urban municipality:

Urvaste Parish Sõmerpalu Parish Antsla Parish Mõniste Parish Varstu Parish Rõuge Parish Haanja Parish Misso Parish Vastseliina Parish Meremäe Parish Lasva Parish Võru Võru Parish
Municipalities of Võru County

Rural municipalities:

Twin towns[edit]


  • Hella Keem (1997): Võru keel. Eesti teaduste akadeemia Emakeele selts. Tallinn.
  • Aune Valk (2000): Võrokeste identiteedist. Kadri Koreinik, Jan Rahman (toim.) A kiilt rahvas kynõlõs.. Võrokeste keelest, kommetest, identiteedist (lk. 39–56). Võro Instituut'. Võro.

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Coordinates: 57°45′N 26°55′E / 57.750°N 26.917°E / 57.750; 26.917