After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 – an action never recognized by the US – it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.
The Best of Estonia...
Estonia's Most Popular Sights...
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.
Herman Castle – Narva
Kõpu Lighthouse-Hiiu Country
Lahemaa National Park
Soomaa National Park
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Valaste Waterfall-Ida-Viru County
Counties of Estonia…
45,227 km2 ; ranked 132nd
1,258,545 (July 2016 est.) ranked 159th
Estonian (official) 68.5%, Russian 29.6%, Ukrainian 0.6%, other 1.2%, unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)
Estonian 68.7%, Russian 24.8%, Ukrainian 1.7%, Belarusian 1%, Finn 0.6%, other 1.6%, unspecified 1.6% (2011 est.)
Lutheran 9.9%, Orthodox 16.2%, other Christian (including Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal) 2.2%, other 0.9%, none 54.1%, unspecified 16.7% (2011 est.)
230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug)
Time Zone /Summer
UTC+2 / summer (UTC+3)
Drives on the
Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm (“My Fatherland, My Happiness and Joy”)