Noarootsi

Noarootsi

Noarootsi

Renowned for its natural beauty, Noarootsi is home to four separate areas protected at the national level: the Nõva and Osmussaar landscape protection zones and the Silma and Leidissoo nature reserves.

The island of Osmussaar (Odensholm), which covers 481 hectares, also forms part of the municipality.

Noarootsi is well known for its sand dunes, pine forests and coastal bogs, as well as for its beach landscapes with their characteristic flora and ‘singing sands’. Village signs present such pairs of names as Pürksi/Birkas and Saare/Lyckholm, and even among Estonian place names you still find words that come from old Coastal Swede dialects meaning ‘harbour’, ‘peninsula’ or ‘bay’. It really is a seaside place.

Until the onset of World War II Noarootsi was populated by Estonian Swedes, whose forefathers had come to the area mainly via Finland in the 13th century. Unlike Estonian peasant folk, the Coastal Swedes lived according to Swedish law, which guaranteed them freedom and privileges.

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