Estonia

Key Country Facts

Population: 1.5 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

Estonia has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.8 percent!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Tallinn, Baltic Sea

Other Information:

Top exports: electrical machinery and machinery parts, wood and other wooden goods, and mineral products such as gasoline, shale oil, and electricity

On the beach at the Baltic in Estonia
Yeah, it’s cold … but what the heck!

Country Information:

Estonia is on the tip of Northern Europe. Estonia was founded in 1918. It contains 2,222 islands and islets in the Baltic Sea surrounding it. The capital is Tallinn. About 1.5 million people live here and the main language is Estonian. Historically, Estonia is Lutheran, but today it is one of the least religious countries in the world – only about 14 percent of the population is religious. The time zone is 6 hours ahead of EST.

Jim’s Perspectives:

As a Professor of Entrepreneurship, on of the interesting things about Estonia is that the capital, Tallinn, is known as the Silicon Valley of Europe because it has the highest number of startups (many tech related) as a percentage of population in all of Europe. Tallinn also provides free public transportation to city residents. You should definitely give this city a visit, as it is full of cool old churches, parks, and old architectural sites to explore.

Cool fun fact is that Estonia has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.8 percent! Only Latvia’s is higher. Estonia was also was the first country to adopt online voting, which started in 2005.

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