Key Country Facts
Estonia has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.8 percent!
Tallinn, Baltic Sea
Top exports: electrical machinery and machinery parts, wood and other wooden goods, and mineral products such as gasoline, shale oil, and electricity
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 1.325 million people live here (2013) 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.
An interesting fact about Estonia is that the capital, Tallinn, is known as the Silicon Valley of Europe because it has the highest number of startups per head of population in the region. Tallinn also provides free public transportation to city residents. Travelers should definitely give this city a visit, as it is full of churches, museums, parks, and old architectural sites to explore.
Another fun fact is that Estonia has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.8 percent! Only Latvia’s is higher, as well as North Korea’s, though its literacy rate is unverified). Estonia was also was the first country to adopt online voting, which started in 2005.