24 Exciting Facts about Estonia
Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 24 interesting facts about Estonia!
- Despite including around 1,500 islands, Estonia is a small country in Northern Europe.
- It is bordered by Russia to the east and Latvia to the south.
- To explore this beautiful country and all that it has to offer, follow the coordinates of 59.0000° N, 26.0000° E.
- The terrain here ranges throughout the country, with hills in the south, flat plains in the north and marshy lowlands in the centre; forests cover around half of this incredible country.
- Estonia boasts more than 1,000 lakes and 7,000 rivers!
- The total land area of Estonia is 17,462 square miles (45,227 square kilometres)…
- …that’s just over twice the size of Wales.
- Estonia’s population was 1,265,420 in 2015…
- …that’s less than half the population of Wales!
- That makes it one of the least densely populated countries in Europe!
- Residents here are known as Estonians.
- The capital is Tallinn; it covers an area of 61 square miles (159 square kilometres) and had a population of 391,000 in 2015.
- Estonians enjoy a maritime climate with wet and moderate winters, followed by cool summers.
- Estonia gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, although it did experience independence on and off between 1918 and 1940.
- The official language of Estonia is… Estonian!
- If you’d like to sip some local beer or purchase a few local handicrafts, you’ll need to exchange your GBP for Euros, and many of us have a few of those lying around the house!
- Estonians live for an average of 76 years.
- In 2013 Tallinn became the first city in the EU to offer free public transport to residents of the city!
- Estonia is the only country in the world to offer online voting for political elections!
- Skype, the internet-based video calling software, was actually created by three Estonians, Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn!
- They’re masters at Wife Carrying! Estonians won every Wife Carrying World Championship from 1998 to 2008 – the unusual sport where a man must carry his female partner through an obstacle course in the shortest possible time!
- Estonia grows potatoes and vegetables; they also rear cattle, catch fish and produce dairy products.
- Its industry includes engineering, wood and wood products, electronics and textiles.
- The main exports consist of wood and paper, machinery and equipment, furniture, food products and textiles.