Estonia is a small country facing the Baltic Sea. It shares a border with Russia in the east, Finland to the north, and Latvia to the south. The country was once occupied by the Soviet Union. It regained its independence after the communist state disintegrated in 1991.
Once dubbed as “Europe’s best kept secret,” Estonia still boasts sights and sounds uncommon in other places. Allow the country to fascinate you with its seaside towns and primeval forests. Let the castles, which dot the countryside, remind you of Estonia’s turbulent past. Take a stroll around Tallinn’s medieval town and catch a whiff of nostalgia suspended in the air. Camp out in the woods and be surprised to find WiFi Internet access in places that are supposed to be remote.
Estonians speak a language that is closely related to Finnish. Russian is also spoken as well as English, especially in the cities. The Estonians enjoy very high levels of personal liberties and, as a result, people are free to practice their faith.
Estonians are proud and quiet people who love sharing their rich folklore, splendid culture and deep respect for the environment. They have endured countless struggles to keep their identity, and, so far, they are winning the battle.
If you’re bringing electronic gadgets, be aware that plug outlets run on 230 Volts of electricity. A plug adapter may come in handy, as sockets only accept plug types F and C, particularly in Soviet-era buildings.