The history books mention the City of Pärnu for the first time in 1251. With its population of 51 649 in an area of 858,07 square kilometers,  Pärnu and its rich history and the joyful daily life offer something for everyone. The beautiful, natural and safe environment makes Pärnu a particularly favorable place for people to live and work. Today Pärnu is an economically balanced region with a comprehensive range of industries. Foreign investments and new businesses with up-to-date technologies have enhanced job creation and higher competitiveness of the businesses in the world markets.