Estonia, Quick Facts
Quick Facts about Estonia
Geographically, Estonia is on the north-eastern edge of the European Union, bordering Russia and Latvia. Finland is a short hop across the sea – just 80km away.
There are daily ferries to Tallinn from Helsinki (Finland) and daily ferries from Tallinn to Stockholm (Sweden).
Estonia is in the Schengen Area and has open borders with the rest of Europe.
Brits, Americans, Canadians and Australians can also enter Estonia visa-free.
Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million, but is larger than Denmark or The Netherlands.
Everyone in tourism and nearly everyone in other services in Estonia speaks good English and often German, Finnish, Russian and Swedish too!
Estonia was occupied by the Soviets for decades but Estonia sees itself as more influenced by Nordic tastes and traditions - Scandinavia with a twist.
Occupation by Germans, Swedes and Russians has influenced the architecture of cathedrals, cobbled streets, manor houses and palaces.
In winter it gets quite chilly outdoors and you can enjoy plenty of white snow, come to Tallinn for Christmas.
No, there are no polar bears in Estonia ;)
Roads are traffic jam free in Estonia.
NB! Reflectors are mandatory for pedestrians and cyclists at all times!
Estonia is almost 50% of forests.
Tallinn is the medieval capital of Estonia and by far the biggest city, with a population of around 400,000.
In 2011 Tallinn was the European Capital of Culture with great success.
Tartu, with 100,000 people, is a young yet timeless university town.
Estonia has over 1,500 islands.
Estonians created Skype, they are also very advanced in all other aspects of IT.
Estonia is a major call-centre sitting place of Nordic countries; mainly, but not limitted to.