ABOUT KIHNU ISLAND

 

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  • Kihnu is the largest island in the Gulf of Riga (seventh largest island in Estonia).
  • The area of the island is 16.4 km2 (with islets 16.8 km2).
  • The island is 7 km long and up to 3.3 km wide.
  • The coastline is 36.2 km long. The terrain is flat, the highest point is 8.5 m above sea level.
  • Mild maritime climate is warmer than the Estonian average: the average annual temperature is +5.5 °C and the average temperature of July is above +17 °C.
  • Number of days per year with precipitation is under 160 and average annual wind speed is above 6 m/s.
  • Closest mainland point, the cape of Lao on Tõstamaa Peninsula, is located 10.2 km from Kihnu.
  • The town of Pärnu is located 41, Ruhnu Island 60 and town of Riga 123 km from Kihnu.
  • Nearest inhabited area is the island of Manija or Manilaid in Tõstamaa rural municipality and it is located 7.5 km away.
  • There are four villages on the island: Lemsi village, Linaküla village, Rootsiküla village and Sääre village.
 
Lemsi village, located in the eastern part of the island, has a harbour which serves as main connection point between mainland and the island during navigation season.
 
The hospital, school, local history museum, church and new community centre, which also houses the library and rural municipality government, are all located in Linaküla village.
 
Sääre village in the northern and middle part of the island is where post office, shops and Kurase centre lie. The airport is also located in the northern part of the island. Memorial stone of the
famous captain Kihnu Jõnn, weather station and lighthouse are situated in Rootsi village, which is located in the southern part of the island.