|coat of arms||map|
|ISO code :||EE-57|
|Administrative headquarters :||Haapsalu|
|Area :||1808 km²|
|Residents :||21,353 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density :||12 inhabitants / km²|
|Circle structure:||1 city
The district Lääne (Estonian Lääne maakond or Läänemaa , "Westland", German Wiek or Wieck ) is a district (maakond) in Estonia .
Läänemaa comprises the westernmost part of the Estonian mainland, the islands Vormsi (German Worms ) and Osmussaar as well as numerous smaller islands and skerries . The region is very flat and characterized by pasture and agriculture .
The district administration (maakonnavalitsus) is headed by a governor (maavanem) who is appointed by the Estonian government for a period of five years. These were
- 1989-1994: Andres Lipstok
- 1994–1999: Hannes Danilov
- 1999: Arder Väli
- 1999-2004: Jaanus Sahk
- 2004-2007: Sulev Vare
- 2008-2011: Neeme Suur
- 2011–2014: Innar Mäesalu
- 2015-2017: Neeme Suur
Before the Second World War, Aleksander Saar (1917–1927), Jakob Aljas (1927–1930) and Artur Kasterpalu (1930–1941) were governors of the district.
cities and communes
Since 2017, the district of Lääne has consisted of three municipalities, the township of Haapsalu (German Hapsal ), the enlarged rural municipality of Lääne-Nigula and the rural municipality of Vormsi . While Vormsi remained unchanged during the new parish, on the one hand the old town of Haapsalu with the rural community Ridala and on the other hand the old Lääne-Nigula with the rural communities Kullamaa , Martna , Noarootsi and Nõva and the village Rehemäe of the also dissolved rural community Nissi in Harju County been merged. The rural parishes of Lihula and Hanila transferred to the rural parish of Lääneranna in Pärnu County . As a result, the district of Lääne lost 575 km² (of 2383 km²).
Before 2017, the district consisted of the township of Haapsalu and nine rural communities, after the rural communities of Oru , Risti and Taebla were merged to form the rural community of Lääne-Nigula in October 2013 . The numbers in the first column correspond to the numbers on the map.
|6th||Martna (Saint Martens)||269.42||1032|