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Lääne-Viru County

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Lääne-Viru County

Lääne-Viru County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Lääne-Viru County
Flag of Lääne-Viru County
Coat of arms of Lääne-Viru County
Coat of arms
Location of Lääne-Viru County
Country Estonia
Capital Rakvere
 • Governor Einar Vallbaum (2009-)
 • Total 3,627.80 km2 (1,400.70 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2013[1])
 • Total 58,806
 • Density 16/km2 (42/sq mi)
 • Estonians 87.1%
 • Russians 9.5%
 • other 3.4%
ISO 3166 code EE-59
Vehicle registration R
Website .ee.maavalitsuslaane-viru

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 1
  • County Government 2
  • Municipalities 3
    • Urban municipalities 3.1
    • Rural municipalities 3.2
  • Geography 4
  • Gallery 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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

County Government

The County Government (Estonian: maavalitsus) is led by a governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia. Since 2004, the governor position has been held by Urmas Tamm. The county seat is Rakvere.


The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are two urban municipalities (Estonian: linnad – towns) and 13 rural municipalities (Estonian: valladparishes) in Lääne-Viru County.

Urban municipalities

Municipalities of Lääne-Viru County

Rural municipalities




  1. ^ a b "Population by sex, ethnic nationality and County, 1 January".  

External links

  • Lääne-Viru County Government – Official website
  • Lääne-Virumaa County Infoserver – map and tourism info

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