Kilingi Nomme

Kilingi-Nõmme is a small town in South-Western Estonia. Its population is about 2000 people and it is the centre of Saarde parish. It held the Forest Capital title in 2004 and was Cultural Village in 2005. The name is derived from the Schilling mansion (established in 1560) and Nõmme tavern (1789). „Kilingi-Nõmme“ is the longest place name in Estonia and it is also known for its giant wooden fly mushroom.

One can say that Kilingi-Nõmme is in the middle of nowhere, since it is surrounded by deep forests and bogs, several nature reserves (ie Nigula) beign close by, but it has good connection to bigger towns like Pärnu (40km) and Viljandi (50km). Because of its clean environment and good infrastructure, many people work in Pärnu, but prefer living in Kilingi-Nõmme.

Young people from Kilingi-Nõmme usually finish high school, move to bigger towns to study or work, but recently many of them have returned after a while with their families to raise children here.

Despite being such a small town, it has a high school with over 400 students, music school, skate park and new sports hall with various training options. Lot of young people are actively participating in at least one training, most commonly basketball (boys) and gymnastics (girls). According to Estonian traditions, singing in choirs and dancing folk dance are also popular.

Biggest event is probably in the summer – festival called Schilling, that brings people from other parts of Estonia together to enjoy good music and performers from all over the world. It is also sometimes called the punk capital of Estonia because one of the biggest punk music festivals Punk’n’Roll takes place here, too.

And the President of Estonia lives only 20km away!