Estonia Guide

Estonia Guide

Country data

Location: Eastern Europe

Time zone: CET + 1

Total area: 45,228 km²

Land area: 42,388 km²

Water area: 2,840 km²

Length of the state border: 657 km

Bordering countries:
Lithuania: 333 km
Russian Federation: 324 km

Coastline: 3,794 km

Capital: Tallin

Regions: 15
Harjumaa (Tallinn), Hiiumaa (Kardla), Ida-Virumaa (Johvi), Jarvamaa (Paide), Jogevamaa (Jogeva), Laanemaa (Haapsalu), Laane-Virumaa (Rakvere), Parnumaa (Parnu), Polvamaa (Polva ), Raplamaa (Rapla), Saaremaa (Kuressaare), Tartumaa (Tartu), Valgamaa (Valga), Viljandimaa (Viljandi), Vorumaa (Voru)

Electric current: 220 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 372 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Suur Munamagi 318 m

Population

Population: approx. 1.3 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: -0.7% per year

Population density (inh. Per km²): 29

Life expectancy: 69 (male), 80 (female)

Official language: Estonian, Russian

Religions:

Climate

There is a maritime, partly humid, climate with moderate summers (around 20 ° C) and cold, snowy winters (0 ° C to -10 ° C).

Occasional winter days also bring extreme frost (down to -30 ° C).

Rain can be expected all year round. However, it falls most in the period from mid-July to mid-September.

Estonia

Currency / finance

Currency unit: Euro (EUR)

Classification: 1 euro = 100 cents

ATMs: are available in almost all major cities.

International credit cards: These are now accepted in many hotels and shops.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
  • 2 liters of alcoholic beverages (up to 22%)

(Information applies to people aged 16 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

There is currently no country-specific safety notice for Estonia.

Behavioral advice

Since the theft rate of cars has been particularly high in recent years, you should not leave your car unlocked.

Bags and other valuable items should also be out of sight.

Thefts are common in the cities favored by tourists and in the capital.

In Estonia, driving with dipped headlights is compulsory throughout the year and at any time of the day.

Economy

A large part of the economy is focused on the wood industry. The mining and export of wood and many different wood products is geared towards global marketing.

Industries: Energy, wood processing, agriculture, mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, textiles

Natural resources: amber, limestone, farmland, peat

Land use:

  • Usable land: 25%
  • Grain cultivation: 0%
  • Pasture area: 11%
  • Forests: 44%
  • other: 20%

Plants

One fifth of the country consists of moors and swamps. Many different plant species have found their habitat here.

In recent years several national parks have been established to protect nature.

However, large parts of the country that were previously forested were cut down for recycling.

Animals

Many animal species that are already extinct in Europe can still be found in the vast forests of Estonia.

Bears, moose, foxes and wolves have survived there as well as many species of red deer and wild boar.

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