The rural municipality Pala Parish was established by merging of Pala, Alliku and Kadrina manorial estates, Kodavere rectory and Jõe community in 1893.
Within the current boundaries the Pala Parish exists after incorporation of Ranna and partly Kokora municipalities in 1939.
The self-governing status was granted to the Pala Parish by the Government of the Republic of Estonia on the 30th of April 1992.
By administrative division the Pala Parish belongs to the boundaries of Jõgeva County.
The Pala Parish is located in the eastern part of Jõgeva County. It covers an area of 156,7 km.
The parish is bordered by Kasepää Parish to the north, Saare Parish to the west, Vara and Alatskivi Parishes of Tartu County to the south and by the Lake Peipsi, Europe`s fifth largest lake , to the east.
The administrative centre of the municipality is Pala village. It was first mentioned in 1582 as Pallawes. The village is located 48 km from Jõgeva town, 50 km from Tartu town and 190 km from the Estonian`s capital Tallinn.
There are 23 villages in the Pala Parish. The largest ones are Pala, Nõva and Lümati villages.
The nature of the Pala Parish is characterised by Sõõru forest, where one can meet a variety of edible mushrooms and several types of berries like bilberries, lingonberries and cranberries. The Sõõru forest is well-known for its wide range of hunting opportunities.
The landscape of the Pala Parish is characterised by drumlin fields of Vooremaa and flat coastal areas nearby Lake Peipsi.
There are some hillocks present in the neighbourhood of Assikvere, Nõva and Vea villages. Along the Pala Parish lies Pala – Alatskivi primeval valley.
The Pala Parish is the smallest municipality in Jõgeva County according to population. According to the 01 September 2007 population census there were 1267 people resident in 635 households in the parish.
The structure of human population is as follows: males 651, females 616; pre-school age 83, school-age 206, retired persons 316.
Population of villages: Assikvere 74, Haavakivi 74, Kadrina 60, Kirtsi 17, Kodavere 54, Kokanurga 54, Lümati 88, Metsanurga 79, Moku 54, Nõva 85, Pala 212, Perametsa 4, Piibumäe 34, Piirivarbe 50, Punikvere 28, Raatvere 18, Ranna 60, Sassukvere 40, Sääritsa 28, Sõõru 11, Tagumaa 78, Vea 38, Äteniidi 27.
There is one culture house with two localities – in Pala and in Lümati villages. There are also two libraries in the Pala Parish – in Pala and in Lümati.
There is one school run by the Pala Parish. It is the Anna Haava Pala School.
The school includes the playschool ( children of the age 1-6 ) and forms 1 to 9
( children of the age 7 -16 )
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