In one sense, Estonians can be described as tree-huggers. And that's not just a name! Some believe that if you actually hug a tree, you will get energy from it. Additionally, the forest is said to be full of guardian spirits that go back to pre-Christian beliefs. As a result, you shouldn't shout or yell while you're in the woods since it's a sacred place.
- Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world with most people being atheists. As such, Estonian take marriage quite seriously and get married relatively late.
- Estonians have their own superstitions, separate from Slavic culture.
For example, they spit three times over the shoulder when a black cat crosses the road or walks around themselves. If two people are walking and there is an electric post or a trash can between them, then they should greet each other again or it will foster bad luck.
A Different Kind of Communication
The Estonian language isn't part of the Germanic, Slavic, or Baltic language groups. In fact, it's totally unrelated to most other European languages as it's part of the Finno-Ugric family with Finnish and Hungarian.
Estonian is full of long strange words that can be formed by stacking smaller words on one another.
Compared to other countries, the Estonian communication style is straightforward and honest to a fault (almost). Naturally, Estonias prefer to communicate their point using a lot of logic.
Estonians can be a bit reticent to talk about their personal lives, however, they often open up during a hike or in the sauna.