Estonia

Fast Facts

Head of State: President Toomas Hendrik ILVES (since 9 October 2006)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Taavi ROIVAS (since 26 March 2014)
Population: 1,291,170 (July 2010 est.)
National Holiday: 24 February (Independence Day - 1918)
Capital: Tallinn
Area: 45,226 sq km (B.C.= 947,800 sq km)
Nova Scotia/Estonia Relations:

Estonia appointed its first Honorary Consul in Nova Scotia in 2010.

Hundreds of Estonian refugees entered Canada through the Port of Halifax after World War Two, including several hundred from Sweden on the converted minesweeper Walnut. A historical vignette about that journey can be seen at the Pier 21 Museum.

Estonia is located in Northeastern Europe, on the eastern coast of the Baltic. It occupies an area of 45,227 square kilometres, somewhat smaller than Nova Scotia but larger than Denmark and the Netherlands, with a population of 1.3 million.

Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic and regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Estonia joined the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2004. It adopted the Euro as its currency in 2011.

Did you know?

Estonians celebrate their  Independence Day on February 24.

Skype was created in Estonia in 2003.

Estonia  is often called e-Estonia because ultra-high-speed 4G mobile internet covers almost all of the country.

In 2005 Estonia became the first country to offer Internet voting nationally in local elections.
Estonians have lived in Estonia for millennia. The first signs of human habitation go back nearly 10,000 years which means Estonians have lived continuously in one spot longer than many other nations in   Europe.