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Friday, March 18, 2011

Estonia - Coat of Arms 2004


Harju County
Price: 0.28
Date: 28 November 2004
Print: offset
Designer: Lembit Lõhmus
Sheets: 5 x 10
Quantity issued: 1 000 000
Printing house: Cartor Security Printing/ Prantsusmaa

Harjumaa lies in northern Estonia, occupying the coastal area from Keibu Bay to Eru Bay and stretching as far as 56 km into the inland. In a straight line the distance from east to west is 126 km, but the indented coastline measures 530 km, including 165 km of the islands, of which there are 74. Its area of 4,333 square kilometres makes Harjumaa the second biggest county in Estonia. Harjumaa is also the most populous Estonian county. In 2000 its population was 525,700, more than one third of that of the whole country. It comprises Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, as well as six other towns. Harjumaa is a county of big contrasts. There is a lot of industry spilling out from the capital into the neighboring areas, two big ports apart from that of Tallinn, agricultural land and forests. The communes lying around the capital are densely populated, but farther inland there is almost uninhabited wilderness with a rich wildlife. The landscape along the seashore is scenic, with a limestone escarpment running for almost all its length from east to west. Several rivers form picturesque waterfalls as they descend from it to flow into the Gulf of Finland. Vast stretches of land in the county have been set apart as nature reserves (including one third of the Lahemaa National Park) and there are also numerous archaeological and built monuments – cairns, prehistoric cult stones, hill fort sites, monastic ruins, churches and historical manor halls.

Hiiumaa County
Price: 0.28
Date: 28 November 2004
Print: offset
Designer: Lembit Lõhmus
Sheets: 5 x 10
Quantity issued: 1 000 000
Printing house: Cartor Security Printing/ Prantsusmaa

Hiiumaa is the smallest county in Estonia, taking up the western island of the same name along with Kassari Island and about 230 islets in the coastal waters of the main island. The total area of the county is 1,019 sq km and it has a population of only about 10,300.The county town of Kärdla, 3,767 inhabitants in 2003, is a quiet green place of small houses surrounded by orchards and vegetable gardens.Fishery and fish processing, forestry, trade, transport, construction, farming and tourism are the main sources of livelihood.The island’s main attractions are its nearly empty beaches, forests covering about 70 percent of the island and abounding in wildlife, as well as manmade structures - churches, historical manor seats, farm buildings and lighthouses . Standing out among them is the 16th century Kõpu Lighthouse, one of the oldest constantly functing ones in the Baltic Sea.

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