Ida-Viru County

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Ida-Viru County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Ida-Viru County
Flag of Ida-Viru County
Coat of arms of Ida-Viru County
Coat of arms
Location of Ida-Viru County
Country Estonia
Capital Jõhvi
 • Governor Andres Noormägi[1]
 • Total 3,364 km2 (1,299 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2014[2])
 • Total 149,483
 • Density 44/km2 (120/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code EE-44
Vehicle registration I

Ida-Viru County (Estonian: Ida-Viru maakond, Russian: И́да-Ви́руский уезд, Ída-Víruskij Jezd), or Ida-Virumaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is the most north-eastern part of the country. The county contains large deposits of oil shale - the main mineral mined in Estonia. As oil shale is used in thermal power plants, the earth in Ida-Viru contains most of Estonia's energy resources. The capital of the county is the town of Jõhvi which is administratively united with the Jõhvi Parish. In January 2014 Ida-Viru County had a population of 149,483 – constituting 12.6% of the total population in Estonia.[2]


During the latter part of the period of Soviet rule of Estonia, Ida-Virumaa was called Kohtla-Järve district, and its administrative capital was Kohtla-Järve.

County Government[edit]

The County Government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by a Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the country's government for a term of five years. The current governor of Ida-Viru county is Andres Noormägi.[1]


The population of Ida-Viru county declined from 221,807 in 1990 to 168,656 in 2010.

In January 2010, the population of Ida-Virumaa was 168,656, which makes it the second largest county in Estonia (after Harjumaa, which includes Tallinn). 44.6% of the population are men and 55.4% women.[2]

By ethnic origin, on 1 January 2013, 72.8% of the population were Russians, 19.5% were Estonians, 2.3% were Ukrainians, 2.2% were Belarusians and 0.9% were Finns.[2] This is dramatically different from the rest of Estonia, where most counties are over 80% ethnic Estonian.


The Jõuga lakes in Iisaku Parish. Estonia

The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 5 urban municipalities (Estonian: linnad - cities) and 15 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad - parishes) in Ida-Viru County. There are 217 villages in Ida-Virumaa.

Municipalities of Ida-Viru County

Urban municipalities:

Rural municipalities:


Ash hills in Ida-Viru County


  1. ^ a b "Maavanem". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Population by sex, ethnic nationality and County, 1 January". Statistics Estonia. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 

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Coordinates: 59°13′N 27°18′E / 59.217°N 27.300°E / 59.217; 27.300