The county (maakond) is an administrative subdivision of Estonia. Estonian territory is composed of 15 counties: Harju County, Ida-Viru County, Jõgeva County, Järva County, Lääne County, Lääne-Viru County, Põlva County, Pärnu County, Rapla County, Tartu County, Valga County, Viljandi County, Võru County on the mainland and Hiiu County and Saare County as islands. The primary function of counties is to coordinate the work of the local self-governments within the region through the county local governments unions (NGOs). After administrative reform since October 2017 these counties, however, do not have any county government or administrative staff, so these counties are not a administrative division similar to federal states in some EU countries and do not play any role in cultural life. Counties also do not play any part in national cultural policy.
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