Viljandi County

Viljandi County
Helkivad ööpilved Kuresoo kohal.jpg
Coat of arms of Viljandi County
Coat of arms
Location of Viljandi County
Country Estonia
Capital Viljandi
Government
 • Governor Lembit Kruuse
Area
 • Total 3,422.49 km2 (1,321.43 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan 2017)
 • Total 48,101
 • Rank 6th
 • Density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Estonians 95.4%
 • Russians 2.5%
 • other 2.9%
ISO 3166 code EE-84
Vehicle registration D
Website www.viljandimaa.ee

Viljandi County (Estonian: Viljandi maakond) or Viljandimaa; (German: Kreis Fellin), is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is located in southern Estonia bordering Pärnu, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu and Valga counties.

History

Viljandimaa, under the German name of Kreis Fellin, was an important centre of commerce and power in the Middle Ages. Today, there are numerous castle ruins there dating from that time.

Soomaa National Park is a national park located partially within Viljandi County, Estonia. Soomaa ("land of bogs") protects 390 km², and is a Ramsar site of protected wetlands. The park was created in 1993.[1]

County government

The County government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Currently the Governor position is held by Kalle Küttis.

Municipalities

The county is subdivided into municipalities. There is one urban municipality (Estonian: linnad – towns) and three rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Viljandi County.

Rank Municipality Type Population
(2018)[2]
Area
km2[2]
Density[2]
1 Mulgi Parish Rural 7,652 881 8.7
2 Põhja-Sakala Parish Rural 8,203 1,153 7.1
3 Viljandi Parish Rural 13,950 1,374 10.2
4 Viljandi Urban 17,758 15 1,183.9

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References

  1. ^ RMK: Soomaa National Park. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Elanike demograafiline jaotus maakonniti". Kohaliku omavalitsuse portaal. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

External links

Coordinates: 58°20′N 25°35′E / 58.333°N 25.583°E / 58.333; 25.583

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