About Estonia

The Republic of Estonia is located in the North East region of Europe. It is the most Northern and the most beautiful of the three Baltic States. Estonia is located South of the Gulf of Finland, which separates the country from Scandinavia. Estonia shares a border with Latvia and Russia, as well as Finland. Estonia boasts 3,794 km of coastline and 1520 islands in the Baltic Sea.

 

The map of Estonia

Map of Estonia

 

10 "Must Know" Items about EstoniaOld Town Tallinn

1. Most cafes are self-service.

2. Estonians tend to be shy, so it won't be easy to get into a conversation.

3. Supermarkets are open every single day of the year.

4. Railway stations are not familiar for the Estonians. Buses are used for intercity connections.

5. There are no major motorways.

6. City buses stop at every stop.  Don’t expect to find an “express” line.

7. There are fewer internet cafes in Estonia as compared to the rest of Europe, as free-of-charge internet is available almost everywhere.

8. School summer holidays last for three months.

9. The Estonian language has no sex and no future (a popular joke about the language’s grammar not having gender assignment or future tense)

10. In Estonia there exists the so-called “every man's right”, according to which you must have access to nature (lake and river sides, sea shore, forest)

 

 

Tallin bus ticketGeneral opening and business hours in Estonia:

Supermarkets:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Museums and galleries:
Closed on Monday

Office hours:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 5 or 6.30 p.m.

Banks:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Additional information about Estonia:

Population: approximately 1.35 million

Currency: Estonian kroon

Car tag: EST

Ethnicity: 75% Estonians, approx. 20% inhabitants, 2% Ukraininan, 2% Belorussian and Finnish.

 

 

The climate of Estonia – a story of severe cold and hot midsummer daysEstonian Summer Afterglow

A long winter and a short summer is what you’ll get!  In Estonia, the cold period of snow and ice may last from the end of October until mid-March.

In winter, the average temperature is usually around 5°C below zero and the country is covered in snow.

For some weeks, the islands have a direct connection to the mainland via ice roads on the frozen sea.

Other characteristics of the winter are dim daylight and a limited number of hours of sunshine. One can imagine very well how much the Estonians must look forward to the milder, sunnier periods of the year.

Spring starts in April, but the flora will be in full bloom in May only.  Around the time is when the apple trees start to blossom and a short but intense period of flourishing starts.

Tallinn summerIt is in this season when nature proudly presents her true colors. Immense forests, countless lakes, everglades and a gorgeous landscape formed by the Ice Age are the foundations of Estonia’s unspoiled natural beauty.

In the summer, one can see the country from a different perspective with temperatures of just over 20°C (on a midsummer’s day in June or July, the temperature might go up to over 30°C) and sunshine for almost 20 hours a day.

It is only natural that people in Estonia are influenced by the climate and the changes during spring and summer.  In most towns, people tend to stay up all night and enjoy the life outside during the warmer seasons. In Estonia, it is important to embrace the short summer and to live life to the fullest as much as possible.