Estonians are the most optimistic nation in the European Union. Only 4% of Estonians believe their children will be worse off than themselves, compared to the EU average of 18%. This might be partly due to the OECD's PISA results placing Estonian basic education in top 3 globally. Parents in Estonia are also given 435 days of fully paid maternity leave and 140 days of pregnancy leave, making it one of the most parent-friendly countries in the world.
Estonia is among the top 30 freest countries in the world according to Freedom in the World report compiled by Freedom House, and is ranked highly alongside with Austria, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Due to the country's historical background and speedy development, Estonians are known to be highly adaptable and curious of the outside world. Most of the younger population speaks fluent English in addition to their native Estonian.
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