We have however selected a few that we know we Estonians, and visiting tourists, seem to enjoy and respect in equal measure.
Estonian Cultural Treasures
Every country has their cultural treasures that they are immensely proud of.
As Estonia has managed to preserve its traditional culture incredibly well we actually can find culture treasures in almost every corner of the country.
Setos are an ethnic and linguistic minority living in an area covering South East Estonia and North West Russia. Renowned in the world for their impressive vocal heritage, Seto villages are great for exploring and the locally sourced food definitely worth a taste.
A beautiful hilly area and home to Haanja nature park and the longest river in Estonia, the Võhandu. There are 70,000 Võru speakers in Estonia and in 1995 the Estonian Government founded the Võru Institute to encourage Võro people to speak their own language and to preserve their traditions.
A 'Mulk' is an inhabitant of southern Estonia's Mulgimaa (Mulkland), an area that stretches through Viljandi, Pärnu and Valga.
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia and has retained its uniqueness due to its isolated location.
Muhu Island’s 2,000 inhabitants have a strong character.
Lying off Estonia’s west coast, Kihnu Island is where folk costumes are normal attire and a grandmother’s unique handicrafts are still highly valued.
They are one of the oldest minorities, arriving in the 13th century, in Estonia and live around the north and west coast as well as on several Estonian islands. Their culture and population was heavily affected when the Soviet Union invasion in 1939 forced many to flee.
They arrived, escaping Russian persecution, in the 17th century and are found mostly around Lake Peipsi in East Estonia. Today there are 15,000 members of The Union of Old Believers in Estonia. Their religion is an old form of Russian Orthodoxy.