Lääne-Viru County

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Lääne-Viru County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Lääne-Viru County
Flag of Lääne-Viru County
Flag
Coat of arms of Lääne-Viru County
Coat of arms
Location of Lääne-Viru County
Country Estonia
Capital Rakvere
Government
 • Governor Marko Torm (2014-)
Area
 • Total 3,627.80 km2 (1,400.70 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2017[1])
 • Total 59,743
 • Rank 5th
 • Density 16/km2 (43/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Estonians 87.4%
 • Russians 9%
 • other 3.6%
ISO 3166 code EE-59
Vehicle registration R
Website laane-viru.maavalitsus.ee

Lääne-Viru County (Estonian: Lääne-Viru maakond), or Lääne-Virumaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is in northern Estonia, on the south coast of the Gulf of Finland. In Estonian, lääne means western and ida means east or eastern. Lääne-Viru borders Ida-Viru County to the east, Jõgeva County to the south, and Järva and Harju counties to the west. In January 2013, Lääne-Viru County had a population of 58,806: 4.5% of the population in Estonia.[1]

History[edit]

In prehistoric times, Lääne-Virumaa was settled by Estonians of the Vironian tribe.

County Government[edit]

The County Government (Estonian: maavalitsus) is led by a governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia. Since 2014, the governor position has been held by Marko Torm. The county seat is Rakvere.

Municipalities[edit]

The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are one urban municipality (Estonian: linnad – towns) and seven rural municipalities (Estonian: valladparishes) in Lääne-Viru County.

Rank Municipality Type Population
(2018)[2]
Area
km2[2]
Density[2]
1 Haljala Parish Rural 4,389 547 8.0
2 Kadrina Parish Rural 4,958 355 14.0
3 Rakvere Parish Rural 5,566 296 18.8
4 Rakvere Urban 15,613 11 1,419.4
5 Tapa Parish Rural 11,252 479 23.5
6 Vinni Parish Rural 6,919 1,013 6.8
7 Viru-Nigula Parish Rural 5,981 311 19.2
8 Väike-Maarja Parish Rural 6,016 683 8.8

Geography[edit]

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. 
  2. ^ a b c "Elanike demograafiline jaotus maakonniti". Kohaliku omavalitsuse portaal. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°15′N 26°20′E / 59.250°N 26.333°E / 59.250; 26.333