|PLACE NAMES BOARD|
The Place Names Board of Estonia was formed by the Government of the Republic on the 17th of June 1997, members were newly appointed on July 1, 2004. It is a consultative body working at the Ministry of the Interior under the supervision of the Minister of Regional Affairs. The Board is guided by the Place Names Act, adopted on 5 December, 2003 (succeeding an earlier Act of 1996) and entering into force on 1 July, 2004.
The Board, as prescribed by its statute:
The Board has 15 members, named by the Government. They represent various government institutions (Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Economy and Communications, Language Board, Inspection for Antiquities Preservation), mapping institutions (Estonian Map Centre, Regio Map Publishers) as well as scientific and cultural institutions (Institute of Estonian Language, University of Tartu) and local government associations.
The Board has undertaken the revision of the list of populated places. The Working Group on the Names of Populated Places completed the survey of proposals by local governments to enlarge the present official list of places dating from 1977. That year a reform took place that reduced the number of previous official names by half. Following wide-spread discontent with that decision, and the adoption of new regulations, it became possible in 1997 to start reversing many of the decisions of 1977. The new list was confirmed by the Government on 18 December 1997. A revised list was approved on December 16, 1998; it is in force since January 1, 1999. Altogether the reforms have added about 1200 names to the previous list. A new feature is the presence of some parallel names in Estonian and Swedish (populated places of the municipality of Noarootsi) and names in the Võru local language form (several municipalities of the county of Võrumaa).
News on current activities of the Board.
Lists of names
Lists of officially approved place names.
Toponymic Guidelines for Map and Other
Editors - Estonia
Second Edition (October 1997) of Toponymic Guidelines prepared according to the recommendations of UNGEGN.
Titles and/or short summary of available documents in Estonian. Some of the most important documents will be translated into English as well.
Review of Estonia's international cooperation within the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) and its Baltic Division
Useful reference to information on geographical names: committees, onomastic institutions, place names databases, etc. in Estonia and abroad
Please contact us at the following address (since June 15, 2004):
|Place Names Board of Estonia:||Department of Local Governments and Regional Administration, Ministry of the Interior
15065 Tallinn, Estonia
E-mail: Tõnis Rüütel
E-mail messages may also be sent to the webmaster of the homepage (Peeter Päll).
The National Place Names Register is working at the Estonian Land Board since July 1, 2008. All inquiries should be addressed to:
|National Place Names Register:||Address Data Department
Estonian Land Board
Mustamäe tee 51
10602 Tallinn, Estonia
E-mail: Aime Renser
|Homepage of the Place Names Board is located on the server of the |
Institute of the Estonian Language
Main page (with frames)