Population of Läänemaa: 20,285 (01/01/2021, Statistics Estonia)
Population density of Läänemaa: 11.2 inhabitants/km².
The area of Läänemaa: 1,816 km²
The most important business sectors in the county: the major business areas that produce for the international and Estonian markets and provide employment are the production of vehicle accessories (process manufacturing), light industry, wood industry, and tourism (service sector).
Tallinn – 100 km
Pärnu – 110 km
Riga – 290 km
Saint Petersburg – 470 km
The advantages of Läänemaa:
Modern and accessible cargo and cruising ports and marinas – Haapsalu, Rohuküla, and Dirham harbours connect Hiiumaa, Vormsi, and Osmussaar with the mainland. The port of Dirham is ice-free all year round and the harbours are open all year round.
A good price-quality ratio of labour, good cooperation between businesses and the local vocational education centre.
A safe living environment and well-managed nature.
Proximity to the capital.
Läänemaa is a good place to live because:
- Läänemaa and Haapsalu are among the safest places to live in Estonia.
- High-speed, modern mobile internet; fibre-optic cable connection available in Läänemaa.
- For leisure, we have several beaches, spas, art galleries, museums, cafes and restaurants.
- You can exercise in the stadium, in sports centres and clubs, go bowling and play golf, tennis, run, walk, or cycle on the cycle paths. Fencing, yoga gymnastics, and surfing are also popular. In winter, you can go skiing on the Palivere health trails or ice skating on the ice rinks created on the sea. In winter, kitesurfing with a snowboard is popular.
- Haapsalu has a wide variety of playgrounds, sports grounds, and a skate park for children. There is generally no waiting list for nursery school. The schools of Läänemaa provide a good education and are child-friendly – it is a harmonious environment for children to grow up in.
- The Läänemaa Hospital maintains a high level of health care and social welfare. Haapsalu is home to a unique neurological rehabilitation centre in the country and the region.
- Haapsalu has large shopping centres as well as small speciality shops and galleries in the old town.
- Cultural activities include theatre performances, film screenings, summer festivals, choirs, dance groups, art or theatre.
- There are small harbours for hobby sailing, lovely villages with names in the coastal Swedish dialect, and protected nature – more than 30% of Läänemaa is under nature protection.
- Tallinn is not far – it takes a little over an hour to get from Haapsalu to Tallinn and less than two hours from the further corners of Läänemaa.
- A railway connection is planned in the area to connect Läänemaa with the capital Tallinn.
Key business areas: the major business areas that produce for the international and Estonian markets and provide employment are the processing of plastic, glass, and metal (process manufacturing), light industry, wood industry, and food industry. The service sector is presented by tourism.
The advantages of Läänemaa for business development:
- Proximity to the capital.
- The upcoming Turba–Rohuküla railway connection.
- Several industrial areas under development.
- Modern and accessible cargo and cruising ports – Virtsu, Rohuküla, Hullo, and Dirham harbours connect Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Vormsi, and Osmussaar with the mainland. The port of Dirham is ice-free almost all year round and the harbours are open all year round.
- Small ports in development – Österby port, Hara port, Nõva port.
- A good price-quality ratio of labour.
- Good cooperation with the local vocational training centre and college.
- A safe living environment and well-managed nature.
Average gross wage in 2021 Q4: 1,337 euros
Registered unemployment rate in 2022 Q1: 7.4%
Number of registered unemployed in 2022 Q1: 645
Daily commuters to Tallinn: c. 800