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Pärnu County

Pärnu County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Pärnu County
Flag of Pärnu County
Coat of arms of Pärnu County
Coat of arms
Location of Pärnu County
Country Estonia
Capital Pärnu
 • Governor Andres Metsoja
 • Total 4,806.68 km2 (1,855.87 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2013[1])
 • Total 81,428
 • Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
 • Estonians 89.1%
 • Russians 8%
 • other 3%
ISO 3166 code EE-67
Vehicle registration F
Website .ee.parnumaawww

Pärnu County (Estonian: Pärnu maakond), or Pärnumaa (German: Kreis Pernau), is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in south-western part of the country, on the coast of Gulf of Riga, and borders Lääne and Rapla counties to the north, Järva and Viljandi counties to the east, and Latvia to the south. In January 2013 Pärnu County had a population of 81,428 – constituting 6.3% of the total population of Estonia.[1]

Pärnu County is the largest county of Estonia in terms of land area.


  • History 1
  • County Government 2
  • Tourism 3
  • Municipalities 4
    • Urban municipalities 4.1
    • Rural municipalities 4.2
  • Geography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In Pärnu county there is the oldest known human settlement in Estonia, which is the town of Sindi, and it is 2 km up the Pärnu River, near the village of Pulli. It dates back to 8500 BCE in the Mesolithic historical period.

County Government

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 1 January 2010, the Governor position is held by Andres Metsoja.


The city of Pärnu is a popular holiday resort for Estonians and increasingly for non-Estonians, e.g., from Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Russia.


The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 2 urban municipalities (Estonian: linnad – towns) and 18 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Pärnu County.

Urban municipalities

Rural municipalities

Municipalities of Pärnu County



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

External links

  • Pärnu County Official website
  • Pärnu County Government (in Estonian)
  • Town of Pärnu Official website

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