Rutland (ˈrʌtlənd), archaically Rutlandshire, is a ceremonial county in the East Midlands of England. It borders Leicestershire to the north and west, Lincolnshire to the north-east, and Northamptonshire to the south-west. Oakham is the largest town.
Rutland has an area of and a population of 41,049, the second-smallest ceremonial county population after the City of London. The county is rural, and the only towns are Oakham (12,149) and Uppingham (4,745), both in the west of the county; the largest settlement in the east is the village of Ketton (1,926). For administrative purposes the county is a unitary authority, governed by Rutland County Council. The historic county was the smallest in England, a fact reflected in the motto of the county council: Multum in Parvo, or "much in little".
The geography of Rutland is characterised by low, rolling hills, the highest of which is a point in Cold Overton Park. In the 1970s a large artificial reservoir, Rutland Water, was created in the