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Ida Viru County

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Country  Estonia
Area  3,364 km2

Capital  Johvi
Ida Viru County in the past, History of Ida Viru County
Destinations  Narva, Johvi, Kohtla-Jarve, Sillamae, Kivioli

University  Narva College of the University of Tartu

Map of Ida-Viru County

Ida-Viru County (Estonian: Ida-Viru maakond), or Ida-Virumaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is the most north-eastern part of the country. The county contains large deposits of oil shale - the main mineral mined in Estonia. As oil shale is used in thermal power plants, the earth in Ida-Viru contains most of Estonia's energy resources. The capital of the county is the town of Jõhvi which is administratively united with the Jõhvi Parish. In January 2016 Ida-Viru County had a population of 146,506 – constituting 12.6% of the total population in Estonia.


Ida Viru County Beautiful Landscapes of Ida Viru County


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During the latter part of the period of Soviet rule of Estonia, Ida-Virumaa was called Kohtla-Järve district, and its administrative capital was Kohtla-Järve.

County Government

The County Government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by a Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the country's government for a term of five years. The current governor of Ida-Viru county is Andres Noormägi.


In January 2017, the population of Ida-Virumaa was 143,880, which makes it the third largest county in Estonia (after Harjumaa, which includes Tallinn and Tartumaa ). 44.6% of the population are men and 55.4% women.

By ethnic origin, on 1 January 2017, 73.1% of the population were Russians, 18.9% were Estonians, 2.3% were Ukrainians, 2.1% were Belarusians and 0.9% were Finns. This is dramatically different from the rest of Estonia, where most counties are over 80% ethnic Estonian.


The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 5 urban municipalities (Estonian: linnad - cities) and 15 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad - parishes) in Ida-Viru County. There are 217 villages in Ida-Virumaa.

Urban municipalities:

  • Kiviõli
  • Kohtla-Järve
  • Narva
  • Narva-Jõesuu
  • Sillamäe
  • Rural municipalities:

  • Alajõe Parish
  • Aseri Parish
  • Avinurme Parish
  • Iisaku Parish
  • Illuka Parish
  • Jõhvi Parish (including the town of Jõhvi)
  • Kohtla Parish
  • Kohtla-Nõmme (borough)
  • Lohusuu Parish
  • Lüganuse Parish (includes the town of Püssi)
  • Mäetaguse Parish
  • Sonda Parish
  • Toila Parish
  • Tudulinna Parish
  • Vaivara Parish
  • References

    Ida-Viru County Wikipedia

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