Where is it: Estonia is located in Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, between Latvia and Russia.
Why do people go here: History, culture and natural beauty are some of Estonia’s big draws. With more than a dozen national parks, hiking trails are abundant, and those who wish to save a few bucks will find camping a common alternative. Slopes are found in the southeast town of Otepaa during the winter.
What are the main entry points: Flights into Tallin and ferries from Helsinki are common ways to enter the country. Buses from Latvia to Tartu or Tallinn are fine, although they can be slow at the border crossings.
Currency used: Estonian kroon
Country Code for Phones: 372
Area codes for Major Cities: Tallinn 2
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Estonian Orthodox, Baptist, Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Word of Life, Jewish
Population: 1.4 million
Ethnic Breakdown: 71.8 % Estonian, 21.6 % Russian, 6.6 % others
Government: Parliamentary republic
Languages: Estonian (official), Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish
Major Cities: Tallinn
Attractions: National parks, slopes, sea
Tourism Office locations and links: Estonian Tourist Board Pikk Street 71 Tallinn, Estonia +372-2-601-700; FAX +372-2-602-743
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Rouge, Tartu, Paldiski
Health Issues: No vaccines are required to enter Estonia.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Summer is the best time to swing by Estonia as winters can be quite cold and the days are very limited.
Common Phrases: Yes = Jaa, No = Ei, Please = Meeldima
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 24 February (1918); note – 24 February 1918 was the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 20 August 1991 was the date of reindependence from the Soviet Union
Getting Around: Roads are in good condition and driving is fine, although you need an international license if you are not from Europe. Bus transportation is frequent, although it can be slow.
Good to know: Estonia’s major festivals do not occur every year. Check the dates before you go.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Estonia is the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Estonia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.