Ida-Viru County

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Ida-Viru County
Narva asv2022-04 img09 Castle.jpg
Coat of arms of Ida-Viru County
Location of Ida-Viru County
Largest townNarva
 • Total2,972 km2 (1,147 sq mi)
 • Total132,736
 • Rank3rd
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Russians73.2%
 • Estonians18.4%
 • Ukrainians2.4%
 • other5.7%
ISO 3166 codeEE-45
Vehicle registrationI

Ida-Viru County (Estonian: Ida-Viru maakond 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. Oil shale is used in the production of shale oil and in thermal power plants. The capital of the county is the town of Jõhvi which is administratively united with the Jõhvi Parish; nevertheless, Narva is the largest town in the county in terms of population and at the same time the third largest city in Estonia after Tallinn and Tartu.

In January 2019 Ida-Viru County had a population of 136,240 – constituting 10.3% of the total population in Estonia.[1][2] It borders Lääne-Viru County in the west, Jõgeva County in the southwest and Russia (Leningrad Oblast) in the east. It is the only county in Estonia where Russians constitute the majority of population (73.1% in 2010), the second highest being Harju (28%).


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 (Estonian: maavalitsus), led by a governor (Estonian: maavanem), ceased to exist after administrative reform in 2017. The last governor of Ida-Viru county was Andres Noormägi.[3]


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

In January 2017, the population of Ida-Virumaa was 143,880, which makes it the third largest county in Estonia (after Harju and Tartu counties, which include the capital Tallinn and country's second-largest city Tartu). 44.6% of the population are men and 55.4% women.[2]

By January 2020, the population of Ida-Virumaa had decreased to 134,259, of which 33% were of native origin and 67% of foreign origin.[4]

As a result of mass migration from the Soviet Union, Ida-Viru County is now the only county in Estonia where ethnic Russians have largely replaced the indigenous Estonian population.

By ethnic origin, on 1 January 2017, 73.1% of the population were Russians, 18.9% were Estonians, 2.3% were Ukrainians, 2.1% were Belarusians and 0.9% were Finns.[2]


Ida-Virumaa County is subdivided into eight municipalities, of which four are urban (Estonian: linnad — cities or towns) and four are rural (Estonian: valladparishes). There are 217 villages in Ida-Virumaa.

Municipalities of Ida-Viru County
Rank Municipality Type Population
1 Alutaguse Parish Rural 4,929 1,465 3.4
2 Jõhvi Parish Rural 11,645 124 93.9
3 Kohtla-Järve Urban 35,395 39 907.6
4 Lüganuse Parish Rural 8,942 599 14.9
5 Narva Urban 58,610 85 689.5
6 Narva-Jõesuu Urban 4,828 411 11.7
7 Sillamäe Urban 13,406 11 1,218.7
8 Toila Parish Rural 4,807 266 18.1



  1. ^ a b c "Population number, area and density. administrative division as at 01.01.2018". Statistics Estonia. Retrieved 30 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Population by sex, ethnic nationality and County, 1 January". Statistics Estonia. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  3. ^ "Maavanem". Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Rv071: Native and Foreign-Origin Population by County After the 2017 Administrative Reform, Sex and Age, 1 January".
  5. ^ a b c "Elanike demograafiline jaotus maakonniti". Kohaliku omavalitsuse portaal. Archived from the original on 2 March 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

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