Ida-Viru district

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Ida-Virumaa vapp.svg
Finnland Lettland Russland Kreis Hiiu Kreis Saare Kreis Lääne Kreis Harju Kreis Lääne-Viru Kreis Ida-Viru Kreis Rapla Kreis Järva Kreis Jõgeva Kreis Tartu Kreis Põlva Kreis Võru Kreis Valga Kreis Viljandi Kreis Pärnumap
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Basic data
ISO code : EE-44
Administrative headquarters : Jõhvi
Area : 3364 km²
Residents : 149,483 (January 1, 2014)
Population density : 51 inhabitants per km²
Circle structure: 4 municipalities
4 cities
Address of the
district administration:
Keskväljaku 1
41594 Jõhvi
Website :
Governor : Riho Breivel (since 2007)

The Ida-Viru district (Estonian: Ida-Viru maakond or Ida-Virumaa ; German: Ost-Wierland ) is a district (maakond) in Estonia .


Ida-Virumaa is located in the northeastern part of the country and borders on the Lääne-Viru districts in the west, Jõgeva in the south and forms the state border with Russia in the east . Two bodies of water also border this district: Lake Peipus in the south and the Gulf of Finland in the north.


In 2005 the city of Jõhvi was merged with the surrounding municipality of Jõhvi. In 2017, several municipalities were merged.


According to a law of December 13, 1995, the governor is appointed in coordination with the local government on the proposal of the Prime Minister.


The governor leads the business of the district administration, represents the interests of the state and should ensure a balanced development of the district. He coordinates the cooperation of the regional branches of the ministries and other administrative authorities and the local government. He is also responsible for the distribution and use of state assets in the district, approves the planned budgets of the state authorities and monitors compliance with them.

Furthermore, he supervises the work of the municipalities of the district and represents the district in court.

The governor is accountable to the government of the Republic of Estonia for his activities.

Economy and Infrastructure

Most of Estonia's industry is located in Ida-Virumaa. This area also has the largest slate deposits in the country.

cities and communes

Towns and municipalities of the Ida-Viru district

Since the administrative reform of 2017, the district has 4 cities and 4 municipalities.



Former cities and towns

Web links

Commons : Ida-Viru County  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Estonia Statistics Office, database request, September 12, 2014
  2. ^ Place Names Board of Estonia