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Small borough
Nõo church
Nõo church
Nõo is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Coordinates: 58°16′47″N 26°31′58″E / 58.27972°N 26.53278°E / 58.27972; 26.53278Coordinates: 58°16′47″N 26°31′58″E / 58.27972°N 26.53278°E / 58.27972; 26.53278
Country Estonia
County Tartu County
Municipality Nõo Parish
First mentioned 1319
Population (2011 Census[1])
 • Total 1,492

Nõo is a small borough (Estonian: alevik) in Tartu County, in southern Estonia. It's located about 15 km southwest of the city of Tartu by the Tartu–ValgaRiga railway and the European route E264 (also known as Via Hanseatica). Nõo is the administrative centre of Nõo Parish. As of 2011 Census, the settlement's population was 1,492.[1]

Nõo was first mentioned in 1319 as Nughen and as a separate church parish in 1483, during the times when it belonged to the Bishopric of Dorpat.[2] Nõo St. Laurence Lutheran Church is believed to have been built around the 1250s to 1260s.[3]

According to Bengt Gottfried Forselius schooling took place in Nõo already in 1686. Since 1688 a local parish school has been working in Nõo. In 1953 the primary school was reorganized as a secondary school. In 1965 a computing centre was established, the school was given the first school computer in the USSR – the Ural-1. In 1994 Nõo school was separated into Nõo Secondary Science Gymnasium and Nõo Primary School.[4][5]

Notable people[edit]

  • Jaak Järv (1852–1920), writer and journalist; worked as a teacher in Nõo school
  • Helen Klaos (Helen Reino, born 1983), badminton player
  • Juhan Kotkas (1878–1963), violist and composer; was born in Nõo
  • Aleksander Läte (1860–1948), composer; worked at the Nõo school 1883–1900
  • Martin Lipp (1854–1923), poet; served as the pastor of Nõo church

Taavi Merisalu (1989-), sportsman, one of the best classical bodybuilder in Estonia

  • Ado Reinvald (1847–1922), writer; lived in Nõo
  • Eduard Tubin (1905–1982), composer and conductor; worked as a teacher in Nõo school


  1. ^ a b "Population by place of residence (settlement), sex and age". Statistics Estonia. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nõo alevik" (in Estonian). eestigiid.ee. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nõo kirik" (in Estonian). EELK. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). Nõo Põhikool. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). Nõo Reaalgümnaasium. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 

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