Let’s start with “Tere” which means Hello in Estonian!!
The Odyssey of a lifetime story starts from where we left last, that is Estonia a small coastal country with a lot of heart. Estonia is one of those countries that is often missed on European travel itineraries. Dwarfed next to its giant Russian neighbour to the east, and forgotten next to its more well-known Finnish counterpart to the north, Estonia tourism has often been overlooked. But those that venture off the usual tourist trail have an incredible reward waiting for them when they arrive in Estonia. That is the reason why we choose to restart from this country and move onto our Europe odyssey and in Our Duration of 2 Days in Estonia, we have Collected some Amazing Facts.
1. First Fact
One Country with Different Capital-‘ESTONIA’
Estonia is, well, a little different than most countries. Though it appears to be a small coastal country on the Baltic Sea, it actually includes approximately 2,222 islands and islets. Estonia has two Independence Days. It first achieved independence from the Soviet Union on February 24, 1918, and again on August 20, 1991, after 51 years of occupation. The second date is known as the “Restoration of Independence Day”. While the official capital of Estonia is ‘Tallinn’, the country is unique because it has more than one recognized capital., it has several capitals that change throughout the year. ‘Tartu’ is established as the “cultural capital of Estonia”, while ‘Parnu’ is known as the “summer capital”.
2. Second Fact
50% of Estonia is covered by forest
Estonia is a real treat for busy city dwellers looking to stretch out their limbs and breathe in a lung-full of the world’s cleanest air. About 50% of Estonia’s territory is covered with forest. This makes Estonia a great place for hiking and exploring the well-kept wildlife which is by now extinct in most other European countries. The living environment is very clean, relaxed and safe. According to the World Health Organization, Estonia has the best overall air quality in the entire world. Driving through the rural roads of Estonia, you’ll start to feel like you’ve left civilization and are driving in an endless sea of forest. Being surrounded by nature it can be easy to forget to get out and actually enjoy it.
In Estonia, you are never more than a 30-minute drive away from a forest or a lake.
3. Third Fact
Estonia is the homeland of Skype, Hotmail, and KaZaA
Estonia, it is also known as the Silicon Valley of Europe. Instrumental in the development of Skype and Hotmail, Tallinn has more start-ups per head than anywhere else in Europe. Estonia launched an Electronic ID card that has been enthusiastically embraced by its population, who proudly describe to visitors the amount of time they save by not having to visit the bank or the doctor’s surgery or engage with various government services in person. Furthermore, all Estonian school is connected to the Internet, free nationwide Wi-Fi (even in the woods!), virtually anything can be paid for with a mobile phone, and Estonia was the first country in the world to use online political voting. Things happen quickly in Estonia, It takes 18 minutes to start a company online and 3 minutes to file a tax return. One of the world’s most advanced digital nations. Its ‘e-Estonia’ tag is entirely justified: internet access has been declared a human right and you’ll find 4G mobile internet just about anywhere you go, even on the most isolated of the more than 2,000 islands that lie off its coast.
4. Fourth Fact
The biggest collection of folk songs in the world with written records of 133,000 folk songs
Estonia’s heritage is mostly preserved in the form of folk songs and legends that were sung and told by older generations to younger ones.
Estonia has the largest collection of written folk songs in the world. Considering this source of national pride, it is no surprise that mass demonstrations, later referred to as the Singing Revolution, to obtain their independence from the Soviet Union, involved the singing of these national folk songs. In olden days singing was as much a part of everyday activities as work but it also belonged in rituals and at parties. Old folk songs differ in their rhythm and melody and are sung in unison (i.e. monophonic). Without Estonia, Christmas would have never been the same. One of the enduring symbols of the holiday that is used worldwide is the Christmas tree, which likely originated in Estonia.
5. Fifth Fact
Adventures In Estonia
The variety in landscape and commitment to environmental preservation makes Estonia an outdoors lover’s dream. Whether you prefer a quiet stroll through the Jervselja forest or a thrill-seeking zip line, there’s an endless amount of activities to keep you captivated with this beautiful country.
Once you get settled at the top you start to forget about the height and start enjoying the views. From the balloon, you overlook the Baltic Sea and can see the historical buildings of Old Town in the distance. It’s pretty windy and cold up top, but they give you a blanket to stay warm. For those that are interested in a hot air balloon ride, this experience is the perfect precursor because it isn’t quite as scary. Even for the daredevils, it’s definitely worth a peek to see Tallinn from above and only takes about 15 minutes for the whole ride.
Estonia is one of Europe’s most spacious countries. Despite its size, you would still take a lifetime to enjoy all the galleries, theatres, concerts, festivals, markets, fairs and beaches this country has to offer.