The safest county
Hiiu County was reinstated on 1 January 1990. The county includes the islands of Hiiumaa and many small islets. Hiiumaa is Estonia’s safest county.
The county is divided into five local government units:
Emmaste municipality encompasses Hiiumaa’s southern and south-eastern parts, the area is 197 km² and the number of inhabitants is 1,344 (approx. 13% of the county’s population– the data are from 2010). There are a total of 43 villages in the municipality.
Käina municipality has an area of 186 km² in the central part of Hiiumaa and Kassari island and there are 2,197 inhabitants (approx. 22%). About half of the municipality’s people live in Käina, a small town that is the municipal seat. There are a total of 34 villages in the municipality.
Kärdla city is on the north-eastern shore, the area is 4.5 km² and the population is 3684 (approx. 36%).
Kõrgessaare municipality has an area of 375 km² in the western and northern part of Hiiumaa and there are 1,327 inhabitants (approx. 13%). Besides the small town of Kõrgessaare, there are 58 villages.Pühalepa municipality has an area of 255 km² in the eastern part of Hiiumaa and there are 1,624 inhabitants (approx. 16%). The municipal seat is Hellamaa, and along with it there are 47 villages in the municipality. Most of Hiiumaa islets and small islands are in Pühalepa municipality.