Valga County
Valga County or Valgamaa, is one of 15 counties
Counties of Estonia
A county is an administrative subdivision of Estonia.Estonia is divided into 15 counties. The government of each county is led by a county governor , who represents the national government at the regional level...

 of Estonia
Estonia , officially the Republic of Estonia , is a state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia , and to the east by Lake Peipsi and the Russian Federation . Across the Baltic Sea lies...

. Its capital is Valga, which is located on the Estonian-Latvian border. It is situated in southern part of the country and borders Põlva County
Põlva County
Põlva County , 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 Russia...

 and Võru County
Võru County
Võrumaa or Võru maakond officially, is a county in Southern Estonia. It is bordered to the north by the Põlva County and the Lake Pihkva; to the west by Valga County; to the south by Latvia; and to the east by the Russian Federation....

 to the east, Latvia
Latvia , officially the Republic of Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia , to the south by Lithuania , to the east by the Russian Federation , to the southeast by Belarus and shares maritime borders to the west with Sweden...

 to the south and to the west, Viljandi County
Viljandi County
Viljandi County , is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is located in southern Estonia bordering Pärnu, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu and Valga counties. 55,657 people live in Viljandi County – constituting 4.2% of the total population in Estonia ....

 and Tartu County
Tartu County
Tartu County , or Tartumaa , is one of 15 counties of Estonia.It is located in eastern Estonia bordering Põlva County, Valga County, Viljandi County and Jõgeva County....

 to the north. 34,135 people live in Valga County – constituting 2.5% of the total population in Estonia (as of January 2009).

County Government

The County Government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by Governor
County Governors of Estonia
The Governor is the leader of a county in Estonia.-List of governers of Estonian counties:Harju County:*Johannes Reinthal *Oskar Suursööt *Martin Kruusimaa *Rudolf Kuris...

 (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Currently the Governor position is held by Margus Lepik.


The county is subdivided into municipalities
Municipalities of Estonia
A Municipality is the smallest administrative subdivision of Estonia. Each municipality is a unit of self-government with its representative and executive bodies. The municipalities in Estonia cover the entire territory of the country....

. There are 2 urban municipalities (Estonian: linnad – towns) and 11 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Valga County.
Urban municipalities:
  • Tõrva
    Tõrva is a town and municipality in Valga County, southern Estonia. It is situated on the banks of Õhne River. Tõrva has an area of and a population of 3,101 , making it the second largest of the three towns in Valga County....

  • Valga

Rural municipalities:
  • Helme Parish
  • Hummuli Parish
  • Karula Parish
  • Otepää Parish (includes the town of Otepää
    Otepää is a town in Valga County, southern Estonia, it's the administrative centre of Otepää Parish. Town has a population of 2,189 . Otepää is a popular skiing resort, popularly known as the "winter capital" of Estonia...

  • Palupera Parish
  • Puka Parish
  • Põdrala Parish
  • Sangaste Parish
  • Taheva Parish
  • Tõlliste Parish
  • Õru Parish
    Oru Parish
    Oru is a rural municipality of Estonia, in Lääne County. It has a population of 932 and an area of 197.7 km².-Settlements:Oru Parish has 15 villages:...

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