|County of Estonia|
|• Governor||Tiit Leier|
|• Total||2,979.70 km2 (1,150.47 sq mi)|
|Population (Jan 2013)|
|• Density||12/km2 (30/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||EE-70|
Rapla County (Estonian: Rapla maakond), or Raplamaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in western part of the country and borders Järva County to the east, Pärnu County to the south, Lääne County to the west, and Harju County to the north. In January 2009 Rapla County had a population of 36,678 – constituting 2.7% of the total population in Estonia.
The first written records of Rapla date back to the 1241 Danish census (Liber Census Daniae).
The County Government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by a Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Since 2009, the Governor position is held by Tiit Leier.
The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 10 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Rapla County:
- Juuru Parish
- Järvakandi (borough)
- Kaiu Parish
- Kehtna Parish
- Kohila Parish (includes the borough of Kohila)
- Käru Parish
- Märjamaa Parish (includes the borough of Märjamaa)
- Raikküla Parish
- Rapla Parish (includes the town of Rapla)
- Vigala Parish
The church of Rapla was built in 1901. However, much of the interior dates back to several hundred years earlier and is of high structural quality and historical value. In the church yard there are several crosses remaining from the 17th century.
- "Population by sex, ethnic nationality and County, 1 January". stat.ee. Statistics Estonia. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- County Government Official website
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