Interesting facts about Estonia - This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the sights and traditions of the Baltic States. Once this country was part of the USSR, but after its collapse, it took a different path of development than Russia.
We bring to your attention the most interesting facts about the Republic of Estonia.
15 interesting facts about Estonia
- The first settlements on the territory of modern Estonia appeared in the 10th century BC.
- Estonia is washed by the Baltic Sea, as well as the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Riga.
- An interesting fact is that about 20% of the entire territory of the country is occupied by swamps.
- The Church of St. Olaf, built in the 16th century, was once the tallest building on the planet - 159 m! By the way, the height of the famous American Statue of Liberty is only 93 meters.
- Estonia includes many islands located in the Baltic Sea.
- It is curious that in Estonian a multitude of words begin with the letter "s". In addition, the language has as many as 14 cases.
- Estonia is a member of the EU, NATO, and a member of the Schengen Agreement.
- Every year about 1.5 million tourists come to Estonia, which exceeds the number of Estonians themselves.
- Do you know that there are only 84 men for every 100 women?
- Among the postcommunist countries, Estonia is one of the most developed countries, second only to Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
- Kiking is a purely Estonian sport that is popular with the local population. It is a ride on a special spinning "sun" swing.
- When the authorities of Tallinn decided to make all municipal transport free, this contributed to the movement of many Estonians to the capital. Due to this, the city began to develop more actively in the economic and cultural plans.
- An interesting fact is that Estonia ranks 8th on the planet in terms of the number of medals won at the Olympic Games.
- On August 23, 1989, about 25% of all residents of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia joined hands in a 600-km-long chain, connecting 3 capitals - Talin, Vilnius and Riga. The “Baltic Way” flashmob of protest showed the Balts' desire for independence and was timed to the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, after which the Baltic States became part of the Soviet Union.
- The Estonian coat of arms is decorated with golden oak branches symbolizing strength.