Saare County

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Saare County, or Saare maakond, is a County or maakond of Estonia. Saaremaa is the largest island of Estonia and constitutes the main part of the county. It is located in the Baltic Sea to the east of Lääne and Pärnu counties on the mainland, and to the south of the Hiiu County islands.

Saare maakond
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Flag of Saare County

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Coat of Arms of Saare County

(Flag) (Coat of Arms)
Capital Kuressaare
58°15'10" N, 22°29'15" E
Governor Hans Teiv
Area 2,922 km² (8th)
Population
 - 2004 estimate
 - 2000 census
 - Density
 
35,356 (11th)
35,951
12.1/km² (13th)
ISO 3166-2 EE-74
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Location of Saare County

Contents

History

Main article: History of Saaremaa

According to arceological finds, the territory of Saaremaa has been inhabited at least five thousand years.

County Government

The County Government (Maakonnavalitsus) is led by a Governor (maavanem). The capital of Kuressaare has a population of 16 107 citizens.

Municipalities

There are 1 urban municipality (est: linn - city) and 13 rural municipalities (est: vallad - parishes) in the county.

Urban municipality:

Rural municipalities:

Geography

The largest islands of the county are Saaremaa, Muhu, Ruhnu, Abruka and Vilsandi. Arable land is 570 km² and it has a mild maritime climate. The mean annual air temperature is 6.0 °C and the mean annual precipitation is 509 mm.

Miscellaneous topics

The main religious affiliations are Lutheran, Orthodox and Baptist.

See also: List of islands of Estonia

External Links

  • Saaremaa (http://www.saaremaa.ee/) - Official site


 
Counties of Estonia
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Flag of Estonia

Harju | Hiiu | Ida-Viru | Järva | Jõgeva | Lääne | Lääne-Viru | Pärnu | Põlva | Rapla | Saare | Tartu | Valga | Viljandi | Võru

et:Saare maakond ro:Judeţul Saare

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