Rapla County

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Rapla County
Kehtna Mõisa peahoone vaade üle tiigi.jpg
Coat of arms of Rapla County
Coat of arms
Location of Rapla County
CountryEstonia
CapitalRapla
Government
 • GovernorTiit Leier
Area
 • Total2,979.70 km2 (1,150.47 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)[1]
 • Total34,614
 • Rank7th
 • Density12/km2 (30/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Estonians94%
 • other6%
ISO 3166 codeEE-70
Vehicle registrationL
Websitewww.raplamv.ee

Rapla County (Estonian: Rapla maakond), or Raplamaa, is one of the fifteen counties of Estonia. It is situated in the 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 of Estonia.[1]

History[edit]

The first written records of Rapla date back to the 1241 Danish census (Liber Census Daniae).

County government[edit]

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.

Municipalities[edit]

Municipalities of Rapla County

The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 4 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Rapla County:

Rank Municipality Type Population
(2018)[2]
Area
km2[2]
Density[2]
1 Kehtna Parish Rural 5,605 512 10.9
2 Kohila Parish Rural 7,096 230 30.9
3 Märjamaa Parish Rural 7,739 1,174 6.6
4 Rapla Parish Rural 13,334 849 15.7

Geography[edit]

Natural resources found in Rapla county include limestone, dolomite, peat, and clay.

Miscellaneous topics[edit]

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 churchyard there are several crosses remaining from the 17th century.

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: 58°55′N 24°45′E / 58.917°N 24.750°E / 58.917; 24.750