They assemble at Toompea Castle in a building that has in the past served as a governor’s residence and as a prison.

Tours are arranged by the Information Office, 3 Toom-Kooli, phone +372 631-6357, email ekskursioon@riigikogu.ee which is open Mon-Fri 10.00-15.00. They also have a number of free brochures explaining how the Estonian Parliament functions.

No party has ever won a clean majority of seats and the current coalition consists of Estonian Reform Party and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.

Lennart Meri was Estonia’s first President after the re-establishment of independence in 1991. He served two terms and Tallinn Airport is now named after him.

The current Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, was appointed in 2005. He was previously Mayor of Tartu.

All Estonian citizens aged 18 and over are entitled to vote in Parliamentary elections. In the last Parliamentary elections in 2007, turnout was 61%, similar to that in many other EU countries.