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The Baltic Sea wraps around Estonia’s northern and western boarder. Estonia is south of Finland, north of Latvia, and west of Russia. It is known for its beautiful islands, music festivals, and wood products.
Population and language:
Estonia has about 1.3 million people living in it. The biggest religion in Estonia is secularism. In fact, only 29% of the population considers themselves religious. Of these, 14% identify with the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church and 13% are a part of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The official language of Estonia is Estonian, but Russian and Finnish are also spoken. English is popular in areas where there is a great amount of tourism, and you can also find natives who speak German and French.
Culturally, 69% of the population is ethnic Estonians with a Finno-Ugric background. Russians compose 25% of the population. They are remnants of the days when Russia ruled the nation. You can also find Finns, Belarusians, and Ukrainians.
Major cities and tourist destinations:
Tallinn – The capital city has a population of about 400,000. It is the oldest capital city in Europe and was founded around 5000 years ago. Visit the Toompea Castle, which was the first wooden castle; see the architecture in the Old Town; and explore the modern and contemporary art of the Kumu Art Museum.
Tartu – Tartu has a population of about 100,000. Here you will find the Estonian National Museum, which has over a million Estonian artifacts and gives a comprehensive view of Estonian history. The KGB Cells Museum is housed in the KGB’s old headquarters, and will give you detailed insight into the Russian intelligence agency. The Tartu Art Museum not only offers the art from famed Estonians, but also the building leans to the side, making it a wonder in itself.
Narva – There is a population of about 60,000 in Narva. You can visit the medieval, Danish, Hermann Castle or travel across the river to the reconstructed, Russian, Ivangorod Fortress. For a different kind of dynasty symbol, see the Kreenholm Manufacturing Company, which was the largest cotton manufacturing plant in Europe during its time.
The Moniste Open Air Museum – This Museum allows you to learn history through example. Here you can make rope, spin yarn, and roll linen. If you ever wondered just how hard it was to start a fire stone age style, you can learn firsthand here.
Parnu – This resort town has a population of about 44,000. For architectural beauty, visit St. Catherine’s Cathedral, a Baroque style church, the Ammende Villa, built in the style of Art Nouveau in 1905, and the Tallinn Gate (Gustav’s Gate), which is the last remaining example of what the city walls would have looked like when they were still standing.
Saaremaa Island – You can reach this island by first taking the ferry to Muhu and then crossing the causeway. Vilsandi National Park is here as well as the Kihelkonna Church, the Mihkli Farm Museum, and the Angla Windmills.
Piusa Sand Caves – These caves are located along the Piusa River north of Obinitsa. Over five species of wild bats are protected in these old silica mines.
Estonia has a temperate climate, but the Baltic Sea regulates the temperatures along the coast more than it does the temperatures inland. Summer (June to August) ranges from 11°C–22°C with an average of 3 inches of rainfall per month, and winter (December to March) ranges from -2°C– -11°C. Because the country receives an average of 2 inches or more of rainfall per month and has more than 100 rainy days per year, it is important always to carry an umbrella when visiting.
Estonia is a part of the European Union and uses the euro (€) for currency. Its GDP is about 27 billion (USD). Engineering and electronics, information technology, wood and wood products, and the service industries all drive the economy. Estonia imports machinery and equipment, textiles, food, and transportation equipment. It exports wood, wood products and paper, food, furniture, textiles, metals, and chemical products.
The Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport and Tartu-Ulenurme Airport are the major International Airports in Estonia. Parnu, Kuressaare, and Kardla have smaller airports.
The train system in Estonia has been cut back greatly. Service is limited, and there are no discount passes available. Do not expect timetables to be updated, and they may not be printed at all.
Buses are more expensive than trains, but the schedules are more regular. If you have luggage to stow, it will cost extra. It is always a good idea to get your tickets in advance if traveling between cities.
Traveling by car is the easiest and quickest method of getting around inside Estonia. Headlights should be on at all times and you should fill up before leaving each town.
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