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Setomaa (Estonian: Setumaa; Russian: Сетумаа, Seto: Setomaa) is a region south of Lake Peipus and inhabited by the Seto people. The Seto dialect is a variety of South Estonian. The historic range of Setomaa is located on territories of present-day Estonia and Russia[1] . Estonian Setomaa presently consists of lands in Põlva County and Võru County, counties located in southeastern Estonia and bordering Russia. Petseri (Russian: Pechory) has been the historic and cultural centre for the Setos.

Current subdivision[edit]

Estonian Setomaa consists of:

The Russian part consists of Pechorsky District, part of Pskov Oblast. Between 1918-1944, the area was part of Estonia, administered as Petseri County. After Estonia regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, there was a dispute between Estonia and Russia over the possession of this territory until Estonia dropped its territorial claims to these areas in 1995.[2]


  1. ^ "Estonia's Singing Revolution & The Traditions of the Seto People".
  2. ^ Estonian-Russian border agreement sent to Russian Duma for ratification. The Baltic Times. 20.03.2015