Põlva County

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Põlva County
County of Estonia
Skyline of Põlva County
Flag of Põlva County
Coat of arms of Põlva County
Coat of arms
Location of Põlva County
Country Estonia
Capital Põlva
 • Governor Ulla Preeden
 • Total 2,164.77 km2 (835.82 sq mi)
Population (Jan 2017[1])
 • Total 28,507
 • Rank 13th
 • Density 13/km2 (34/sq mi)
 • Estonians 95%
 • other 5%
ISO 3166 code EE-65
Vehicle registration O
Website www.polvamaa.ee

Põlva County (Estonian: Põlva maakond), or Põlvamaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in south-eastern part of the country and borders Tartu, Valga and Võru counties. The county also shares a common border with Pskov Oblast of Russia. Long sections of the border with neighboring Russia have not yet been ratified by treaty, and certain villages in Põlva County (e.g., Lutepää and Saatse) can only be reached by driving through Russian-controlled territory. 28,507 people live in Põlva County – constituting 2.3% of the total population in Estonia (as of January 2013).[1]


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 2007, the Governor position is held by Priit Sibul.


The county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 3 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad - parishes) in Põlva County.

Municipalities of Põlva County
Rank Municipality Type Population
1 Kanepi Parish Rural 4,864 525 9.3
2 Põlva Parish Rural 14,273 706 20.2
3 Räpina Parish Rural 6,518 591 11.0


27,028 people live in Põlva County – constituting 2.1% of the total population in Estonia (as of January 2013).[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Population by sex, ethnic nationality and County, 1 January". stat.ee. Statistics Estonia. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Elanike demograafiline jaotus maakonniti". Kohaliku omavalitsuse portaal. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 

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Coordinates: 58°05′N 27°05′E / 58.083°N 27.083°E / 58.083; 27.083