Location: South- West Estonia
Area: 32,2 km²
From Tallinn to Pärnu 128 km. From Riga to Pärnu 180 km
Population: 40 890 (01.04.2016)
Administrative status: the city of Pärnu is the centre of the county and an independet unit of local authoriy.
Pärnu is an economic centre located in South-West Estonia on the shores of the Gulf of Pärnu with an area of 32,2 km². Pärnu has become known as a summer and resort city.
At the end of 2004, UNICEF awarded Pärnu the title of Child- and Youth-Friendly City. The title means that Pärnu values working with children and the youth and that they are a target group who must be granted the best self-realization opportunities and a safe living environment.
The City of Pärnu wants to be a city promoting healthy lifestyles and ensuring good health for its residents and visitors.
Why to visit Pärnu?
The rich history of Pärnu and the joyful daily life offer something for everyone. The centre of Pärnu, the lovely parks and the resort area with its famous sandy beach and promenade invite you for long walks. There are sights to be seen dating to the distant Middle Ages, the elegant early years of the resort, the long Soviet era as well as the modern times with their fast-paced development.
We also recommend you to take a tour outside the city. The coast full of islets, pine dune forests and natural sand beaches, vibrant fishing culture, and bogs and indigenous forests is waiting for the curious-minded. There are lovely (fishing) villages, churches, manor complexes, museums, and valuable wildlife everywhere.