Estonia

Situated in north-eastern Europe, Estonia juts out into the Baltic Sea, which surrounds the country to the north and west. To the east Estonia is bounded by Russia and to the south it is bounded by Latvia. Estonia’s area includes some 1,500 islands and islets. Estonia is currently one of the safest countries in Europe, but between the 1990s and the 2000s, organised crime prevailed. The Singing Revolution is a commonly used name for events that led to the restoration of independence of the Baltic nations from the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War with spontaneous mass evening singing demonstrations at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.

THREE things we did not know about Estonia:

  1.  Everyone knows that Skype was created in Tallinn … With about 400 startups altogether, Estonia boasts the highest ratio of startups to population in Europe including BOLT etc etc Estonia is the first country in the world to introduce on line voting, programming is taught in primary school and internet access is a human right.
  2. Almost 50% of Estonia is covered by forest, and in contrast to most countries where forests are decreasing in Estonia they’re actually expanding.
  3. Just like their Baltic neighbours, Estonia has two independence days. The first one is February 24, when the country was pronounced independent, and the second one is August 20, when that independence was regained.

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