Padise is a village in Lääne-Harju Parish, Harju County in northern Estonia. Padise is the birthplace of Estonian poet and author Arved Viirlaid
Niitvälja is a village in Lääne-Harju Parish, Harju County in northern Estonia. Baltics first 18-hole golf course is located in Niitvälja
Rummu is a small borough in Lääne-Harju Parish, Harju County, northern Estonia. As of 2011 Census, the settlement's population was 1,088, of which the Estonians were 288. Rummu quarry Murru Prison Rummu Prison Vasalemma Parish
Põllküla is a village in Lääne-Harju Parish in Harju County in northern Estonia. It had the population of 38. Põllküla has a station on the Elron western route. During the years 1942-1944 there was a quarantine camp of war refugees located in Põllküla; the refugees were Finns from Ingria, but other minorities living in German-occupied Leningrad oblast. Similar evacuation camps were in nearby Klooga and Paldiski; the refugees who died in the camp waiting for further evacuation were buried in unidentified mass graves in and around Põllküla. Nowadays there's a memorial for those. In summer 2018 a memorial tablet was opened in honor of the leader of the evacuation of the Finns, professor Pentti Kaitera
Hatu is a village in Lääne-Harju Parish, Harju County in northern Estonia. The manorial estate of Hatu dates from 1609, but the main building which can be seen today is much built only in 1864, it is constructed in an eclectic style and contains some original features in neo-Gothic and classical style, such as tiled stoves and doors. The property belonged to the Baltic German families of Ramm; the last owner before the Estonian Declaration of Independence and the ensuing land reforms was Fridolf Gustav-Adolf von Ramm
Kloogaranna is a village in Lääne-Harju Parish, Harju County, Estonia. It has a population of 121. Kloogaranna has a station on the Elron rail line and is served by up to three daily trains from Tallinn main station. Kloogaranna has a long sandy beach just by the train station. During the Soviet era it was popular, nowadays it's rather empty and has no facilities but offers still good swimming. Klooga
Paldiski is a town and Baltic Sea port situated on the Pakri peninsula of north-western Estonia. Since 2017, it's the administrative centre of Lääne-Harju Parish of Harju County. A Swedish settlement known as Rågervik, it became a Russian naval base in the 18th century; the Russians renamed it Балтийский Порт in 1762. In Estonian the name was spelled Baltiski until 1933 when the Estonian pronunciation Paldiski became the official name. On 23 June 1912 the Russian emperor Nikolai II and German kaiser Wilhelm II met for the last time before World War I in Paldiski. In 1962, Paldiski became a Soviet Navy nuclear submarine training centre. Employing some 16,000 people, with two land-based nuclear reactors, it was the largest such facility in the Soviet Union; because of its importance, the whole city was closed off with barbed wire until the last Russian warship left in August 1994, when the city ceased to be a closed city. This followed the events of 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed and Estonia regained independence.
To house the stationing troops and those in training, many barracks buildings were built, which have since been left in disrepair. Russia relinquished control of reactor facilities in September 1995; the reactors were thereafter decommissioned. After Estonia restored its independence, the city had not enough Estonian citizens, Paldiski was subordinated to Keila until 30 October 1996. Located some 45 km west of Tallinn, Paldiski was made a municipality within Harju County. Derelict Soviet-style apartment buildings made up much of the town, the relics of military bases were widespread; the majority of the town's residents are ethnic Russians. The ferry company Tallink operated a regular connection with Kapellskär in Sweden; until the amenities were limited to a single, small hotel. Now there are two grocery stores, an alcohol store, a bank, a tavern, a bed & breakfast; the renovated train station has a small cafe with hot food. The housing blocks in the town no longer appear dilapidated and abandoned and have been refitted and re-painted in recent years.
There are several new apartment buildings, the green areas along with children's parks have been restored. The Scouts Single Infantry Battalion, Kalevi Infantry Battalion and the Combat Service Support Battalion of Estonia, which belong to the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Defence Forces are stationed in Paldsiki. Today Northern Europe’s most progressive greentech manufacturing and competence center locates in the city territory, Pakri Science and Industrial Park with its unique 60ha Pakri Smart Industrial City. Paldiski has two schools: Vene Gümnaasium. In addition, there is a private pre-school facility, called Paladski Beebi Maja. There are several churches in town; the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is dedicated to St Nicholas. Although closed for some years, this church has now reopened, with services held every Sunday at lunchtime. There are a Pentecostal church, a Methodist church, an Orthodox church. Paldiski has a terminus station on the Elron rail line, providing a convenient link to the capital city.
As part of the town's redevelopment, this once near-derelict station has been renovated and painted in bright yellow and white colours. A great deal of investment has been put into the two ports and their facilities with a number of new berths having been created. From Paldiski Southern Port, Transfennica runs a number of ships to the port from Lübeck. From Paldiski Northern Port, DFDS runs a six-roundtrip operation to Kapellskär for passengers, a Cargo and Navirail operation to and from Hanko; the old Soviet'Pentagon' building has been demolished at some point between 2006 and 2009 to make way for a large and modern logistics park. The Pakri wind farm is located in Paldiski at the tip of the Pakri peninsula near the old light house, it consists of eight wind turbines of type Nordex N-90, generates 18.4 MW of clean electricity, when the wind matches the parametres of the turbines. Since 2007 Pakri Smart Industrial City is developing a 75MW renewable power network, which combined with its own Pakri Smart Grid enables total control of energy prices.
Construction of a receiving LNG terminal near the town is considered. Estonia's long-term plans for nuclear power envisage the adjacent Pakri Islands as a potential site for the country's first power plant; the 1999 film Screwed in Tallinn takes place at a hotel in Paldiski. The 2002 film Lilya 4-ever, set in an unnamed "former republic of the Soviet Union", was filmed in Paldiski; the 2015 music video for Alan Walker's popular song "Faded" was in part filmed in or around Paldiski. Paldiski is featured in the video game Euro Truck Simulator 2. Amandus Adamson, Estonian sculptor and painter.