Essential Info for Estonia

Population: About 1.3 million

Capital city: Tallinn

Neighbouring countries: Estonia is bordered by Latvia to the south and Russia to the east

Geography: Nearly half of Estonia’s flat landscape is covered in forest. The rest is farming land, meadows and grazing plains, with over 1,000 lakes scattered across the country. In addition, there are two main islands in the Baltic Sea, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, which are favourite local holiday spots. 

Political system: Unitary parliamentary republic

Major religions: Christianity

Main languages: Estonian

Money: Estonia uses the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents

Tipping: Tipping is accepted but never expected. A 10 percent tip on a restaurant bill is polite but not required, and excellent service can be rewarded at the client’s discretion. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but rounding up the fare to the nearest Euro is accepted practice. 

Time: GMT+2. Between March and October, the time zone changes to GMT+3.

Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are used.

Internet domain: .ee

International dialling code: +372

Emergency contacts: 112 can be dialled for all emergencies

Transport and driving: Vehicles in Estonia drive on the right-hand side of the road. The country boasts an impressive and extensive public transport system, with buses operating within and between all major urban centres.

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