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Järva County
—  County of Estonia  —


Coat of arms
Country Estonia
Capital Paide
 - Governor Tiina Oraste
 - Total 2,623 km2 (1,012.7 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2009[1])
 - Total 36,130
 - Density 13.8/km2 (35.7/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code EE-51

Järva County (Estonian: Järva maakond), or Järvamaa (German: Jerwen, Latin: Jervia), is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in central part of the country and borders Lääne-Viru County to the east, Jõgeva County to the south-east, Viljandi County to the south, Pärnu County to the south-west, Rapla County to the west, and Harju County to the north. 36,130 people live in Järva County – constituting 2.7% of the total population in Estonia (as of January 2009).[1]



In the first centuries AD political and administrative subdivisions began to emerge. Two larger subdivisions appeared: the parish (kihelkond) and the county (maakond). The parish consisted of several villages. Nearly all parishes had at least one fortress. The defense of the local area was directed by the highest official, the parish elder. The county was composed of several parishes, also headed by an elder. By the 13th century the following major districts had developed in Estonia: Saaremaa (Osilia), Läänemaa (Rotalia or Maritima), Harjumaa (Harria), Rävala (Revalia), Virumaa (Vironia), Järvamaa (Jervia), Sakala (Saccala), and Ugandi (Ugaunia).[2]

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. Since 2009, the Governor position is held by Tiina Oraste.


The county is subdivided into municipalities. There is 1 urban municipality (Estonian: linnad – towns) and 11 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Järva County.

Municipalities of Järva County

Urban municipality:

Rural municipalities:


Miscellaneous topics


  1. ^ a b "Population by sex, ethnic nationality and County, 1 January". Statistics Estonia. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  2. ^ Estonia and the Estonians (Studies of Nationalities) Toivo U. Raun p.11 ISBN 0817928529

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