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The island in the Gulf of Riga - Ruhnu

Ruhnu (Swedish: Runö) is an island situated in the Gulf of Riga in the Baltic Sea.
It belongs to Estonia and is an administrative part of Saare County.
At 11.9 km2 it has currently less than 100, mostly ethnic Estonian permanent inhabitants.
Prior to 1944 it was for centuries populated by ethnic Swedes and traditional Swedish law was used.


For the coldest winter months, taking a plane might be only way to get there.

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Limo beach is one of the island's most popular and accessible beaches for tourists.

Ruhnu is home to a somewhat rare native breed of sheep called the Estonian Ruhnu (Estonian: eesti maalammas). The breed numbers approximately 33 individuals and are used primarily for wool.

In the spring of 2006, a 150 kilogram brown bear arrived on Ruhnu via an ice floe across the Gulf of Riga from the mainland of Latvia, some 40 km (25 mi) away. The bear's journey and resettlement on the island became a highly publicized media sensation in both the Estonian and Latvian press, as Ruhnu has been devoid of any large carnivores for many centuries. The bear continued to evade capture for months and environment ministry officials reported that tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive bear had outnumbered permanent residents. The bear is believed by authorities to have since returned to Latvia.

In April 2007, Latvian chocolate producer "Laima" presented Ruhnu islanders with a 40 kg (88 lbs.) chocolate statue of the bear to go on display before being eaten by islanders. This chocolate bear was finally eaten on 20 December 2007.

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