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Full country name: Republic of Estonia
Area: 45,228 square km
Population: 1,340,021
Capital City: Tallinn
Language: Estonian
Religion: 13.6% Evangelical Lutheran, 12.8% Orthodox, 0.5% Baptists, 0.5% Roman Catholic, 32% unspecified
Government: Parliamentary republic
Time Zone: EET (UTC+2), summer - (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing Code: 372
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Estonian kroon (EEK)

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary:

Budget: 3 EUR
Mid-range: 5 EUR
High: 9+ EUR
Budget: 30-35 EUR
Mid-range: 40-60 EUR
High: 80-100+ EUR

Geography: Estonia is a lowland country by the Baltic Sea and it borders with Latvia and Russia. The country has numerous lakes, forests and rivers, therefore it is a great destination for nature lovers. There are a lot of small islands belonging to Estonia, which mark the Baltic Sea coastline. Estonia's terrain is usually described as being swampy plain, in spite of that, the country has a number of valuable natural resources, such as: oil, amber, peat, shale, phosphorous, etc. Suur Munamagi, also known as Egg Mountain, is the highest point of Estonia.

Climate: The Estonian climate is temperate, influenced by Eurasian land mass, the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The rainfall in Estonia is moderate, which is nor too wet, nor too dry, averaging about 568 millimeters per year. However, you should expect rain showers in summertime, and bring your umbrella or a raincoat. All in all, the summers in Estonia are warm. The same can not be said about the winters, because they are severe. The average temperature of a typical Estonian summer is about 30 C (70 F), and the temperature of a typical winter is only about -8 C (18 F).

Food: Estonian cuisine's roots are in the countryside, therefore it is still heavily dependent on pork, potatoes and other garden vegetables. Also Germans, who ruled the country for centuries, heavily influenced the Estonian culinary traditions. Nowadays, the food can seem too fatty and starchy to some, but there is also a wide range of international dishes to choose from. The main ingredients of Estonian cuisine are historically pretty poor, such as black bread (which accompanies almost every kind of food), fish, pork, vegetables, cabbage soup, potatoes, and other dairy products.

Drink: Like their neighbors, the Finns and the Russians, the Estonians know how to get warm during cold winter days. The favorite types of local beer are Saku and A. Le Coq. The most popular type of local vodka – Viru Valge. The most popular and surprisingly smooth and tasty rum (herbal liquor) - Vana Tallinn (Old Tallinn) is very famous in the former USSR countries.

Health: No special vaccinations are required when visiting Estonia, however, vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis is sometimes recommended. European visitors are advised to have their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) with them at all times, as the card grants free or reduced-cost treatment in all of the state hospitals.

Recommended clothing: It is advisable to wear lightweight clothes during summer days and a light sweater in the evenings. Rainwear should be taken into account, when traveling to Estonia in the rainy season. Warm clothing should be worn during winters.

Social conventions: There are no special rules you need to follow when conversing with an Estonian. A hand shake is the normal form of greeting. Estonians are usually quite reserved, but proud of their culture and national heritage, and visitors are expected to respect it.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
24 Feb Independence Day
2 Apr Good Friday
1 May May Day
24 May Whit Sunday (Pentecost)
23 Jun Võidupüha (Victory Day - anniversary of the Battle of Võnnu)
24 Jun Midsummer's Day/Jaanipäev (St John's Day)
20 Aug Restoration of Independence Day
25 Dec – 26 Dec Jõulud (Christmas) and Boxing Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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