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