Estonia for the First Time Travellers

The Estonian Song Festival (Laulupidu) is one of the largest choral events in the world! Above all, it is held every 5 years in July on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. In addition, this captivating country belongs firmly to the beer, vodka, rye bread and pork “belt” of Europe. The most typical foods in Estonian belt are rye bread, pork, potatoes and dairy products. National holidays include Boxing day, Christmas, Pentecost, Whit Monday, Victory Day, and Midsummer’s Eve. Also, Midsummer’s Day, Independence Day and the Day of Restoration of Independence! The official language of Estonia is Estonian, Uralic related to Finnish. Interestingly, you will find Lions appear on the coat of arms, yet there is no front-runner for the national animal. The National Flower is Cornflower while the National Bird is Barn Swallow (Bird) and the National Anthem is Mu Isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm. Some of the biggest, most populated, and most visited cities of Estonia are Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Kohtla-Jarve, Parnu, Viljandi, Rakvere, Sillamae, Maardu and Kuressaare.

Estonians Inventing and Reinvent Sports

One huge fan of swing-sets invented an incredibly cool version of it which has now become the most popular sport in the country. There’s also The wife carrying world champion in Estonia. Despite being an egalitarian country, Estonia claims that they still produce expert wife carriers. Estonia borders Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland with about 2,222 islands. Visit Estonia’s best-preserved old town, museums, gothic culture and the high Tallinn TV Tower, which has an observation deck. Estonia has been inhabited since 6,500 BC. In order to keep Tallinn pollution-free, the Mayor offered free public transportation to anyone who was a registered resident of the city. As a matter of fact, the initial costs were borne by the city, and the plan worked out brilliant and is providing great results. More and more people are using public transport, and you will find very few cars on the road.

One of the most Tech-Sound Countries in the World

It is one of the most Tech-sound countries in the world. While most countries can’t envision the concept of online voting due to security and political reasons, Estonia has done it ever since 2005. In fact, the most evident obstacle with an online system is that it could be hacked! The Estonian government, on the other hand, has avoided double-dealing so far, therefore, the system is considered dependable by the residents. Estonia also happens to be the fourth-least religious country in the world.

Estonian phrases worth learning, before you visit Estonia

  1. Hi                                  Tere!

  2. Yes                                Jah

  3. No                                 ei

  4. Excuse me                   Vabandage!

  5. Stop!                            Pidage kinni!

  6. Help!                            Appi!

  7. Good morning!              Tere õhtust!

  8. Good night!                   Head ööd

  9. How are you?                Kuidas Sinul läheb?

  10. Thank you!                   Tänan Sind!

  11. See you later!               Näeme hiljem!

  12. Can you help me?         Kas Sa saaksid mind aidata?

  13. How much is this?         Kui palju see maksab?

  14. My name is                  Minu mimi on…

  15. Good luck!                   Edu!

  16. Happy birthday!           Palju õnne sünnipäevaks!

  17. Bless you                    Terviseks

  18. Sorry (for a mistake)   Anna andeks

  19. I Don’t Understand!     Ma ei saa aru!

  20. Estonia is a wonderful country       Eesti on timeline maa

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2 thoughts on “Estonia for the First Time Travellers

  1. Its really very informative and great to know about Estonia, what i liked most is free transport concept, its really an intellectual decision, liked the concept of online voting also though i have some doubts about the security of such process but am sure that if this concept can be applied properly then it will be very helpful for the heavy populated country like India.

    1. Thanks for reading Jyotirmoy..The thing with Estonia is that it’s a corruption free country that truly values its residents votes. That’s the reason why they don’t have to face hacking or similar security issues..I guess India has a long way to attain that milestone 🙂

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