West Estonian archipelago

West Estonian archipelago (Estonian: Lääne-Eesti saarestik, also Moonsund archipelago[1]) is a group of Estonian islands located in the Baltic Sea around Väinameri. The total area is about 4,000 km2 (1,500 sq mi). The archipelago is composed of the islands Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Muhu, Vormsi and about 900 other smaller islands.[citation needed]

Moonsund archipelago

Protected areasEdit

UNESCO established the West Estonian Archipelago Biosphere Reserve in 1990 under the Man and the Biosphere Programme.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The islands in the Väinameri Sea and the Gulf of Riga". Estonica. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  2. ^ "West Estonian Archipelago". UNESCO. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

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Coordinates: 58°30′N 23°0′E / 58.500°N 23.000°E / 58.500; 23.000