It’s wildly simple this island and wildly free- untamed and uncultured, still. Forests where trees are born and die without any human interference still exist. You can go to a desert surrounded by woods, or gaze at the raging sea.

Kõpu Lighthouse is a great place to take a look at the wild-wild island. The lighthouse is almost five centuries old which makes it either the second eldest or the eldest functioning lighthouse in the world.

Hiiumaa is a great place to grow offspring freely – children can play outdoors, go to school unattended and study in small classrooms. Take  a bike or a pair of running shoes and go trekking in the forest or on the highway.

Souce: Hiiumaa metsikult mõnus 2018

It all depends on the perspective from which one looks at things, and from the perspective of Estonians their home is located in the exact centre of the universe.

Estonia is home to 1,3 million people who inhabit 45,227 square kilometres of land, or 34 people per square kilometre. Estonians live more widely spaced than the people of Monaco, Luxemburg and the Netherlands, but on the other hand more dense than the Australians, Mongolians and Russians.

Estonia is located on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, being the northernmost of the three Baltic States. Estonia is one of Europe’s smallest countries, almost the same size as Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland or Denmark.

Estonia’s closest neighbours are Finland in the north, Sweden in the west, Latvia in the south and Russia in the east.

Estonia is a lowland country, with about half of its mainland covered with forests. Estonia has the world’s largest exploited deposits of oil shale, which provide raw materials for power production and the chemical industry.

Estonian history extends across a long and winding road through time, telling the tales of many nations from Vikings to the kings, queens and medieval merchants of German, Swedish, Danish and Russian descent. Estonia’s deeply rooted pagan spirit and European mindset means that the country and its people bear close ties with nature while being a proudly independent EU and NATO member state with a growing reputation for innovation.

Today’s Estonia is a thriving and forward-looking member state of EU and NATO, where you can vote online and start your own business in less than half an hour. Many have done so already, including the founders of Skype and TransferWise.

Guest are always welcome to every square kilometre of Estonia.

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia.

Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 438,569. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn’s Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.

The city was known as Reval from the 13th century until 1918 and again during the Nazi occupation of Estonia from 1941 to 1944.

Funny facts and legends:

  • According to legend, the Danes received their national flag from Tallinn in 1219
  • Skype was born in Tallinn
  • Tallinn hosted Eurovision Song Contest in 2002
  • Oleviste Church (159 m) used to be the highest building in Europe during the Middle Ages