Map of Estonia showing the location of
Paide ( , ) is the capital
of Järva County, Estonia.
A church in Paide
A castle built by the Livonian Brothers of the
is located here. The town was formally founded 30 September 1291
master of the Livonian Order.
The well-known composer Arvo Pärt
born here, as was prolific stage and film actress Ita Ever
. Top model Carmen
spent her childhood in this town.
As of 1 January 2005 the population of Paide was 9606.
town's "sister cities" are Westminster, Maryland (in the United States) and Havířov (in the
Cold War, Paide was host to Koigi, a
front-line fighter air base.
also home to Paide Ühisgümnaasiumi Staadion, the home ground of Meistriliiga football team, Paide Linnameeskond.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Paide is twinned