- Finland is a short hop across the sea – just 80km away.
- There are ferries to Tallinn from Helsinki (Finland) or Stockholm (Sweden).
- Estonia is in the Schengen Area so we have open borders with the rest of Europe.
- Brits, Americans, Canadians and Australians can also enter Estonia visa-free.
- Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, named after our late President, has direct flights all over Europe.
- Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million but is larger than Denmark or Holland.
- The Estonian language is a nightmare to learn.
- Everyone in tourism 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.
- Great food is everywhere and you can even eat marinated bear here!
- In winter it gets very cold and we get plenty of beautiful snow.
- No, there are no polar bears in Estonia.
- Roads are traffic jam free.
NB! Reflectors are mandatory for pedestrians and cyclists at all times!
- Estonia is almost 50% forest.
- Tallinn is our medieval capital and by far the biggest city, with a population of around 400,000.
- In 2011 Tallinn was the European Capital of Culture.
- Tartu, with 100,000 people, is our young yet timeless university town.
- Estonia has over 1,500 islands.
Facts about Estonia
Geographically, Estonia is on the north-eastern edge of the European Union, bordering Russia and Latvia.
Unlike our language, our culture is accessible to all.
In fact it will hit you as soon as you cross any of our borders. In Valga, about four hundred metres from Latvia, you can see the best of our waxworks.
Estonia has come a long way since the Viking invasions and has survived occupations by Germans, Swedes and Russians and re-emerged as a proud independent, EU and NATO member country with a growing reputation for innovation.
101 members make up the Estonian Parliament.
Since the 16th century, Estonia has been a predominantly protestant (Lutheran) country.
A typical Estonian would like to portray himself as hard-working, reliable, smart, innovative and friendly.
When you are on holiday it’s always good to know a few phrases.