Capital | Tallinn
Population | 1,291,170 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 45, 226 SQ KM
Official Language | Estonian
Holidays | Independence Day, 24 February (1918); *note - 24 February 1918 was the date Estonia declared its independence from Soviet Russia; 20 August 1991 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union
Currency | kroon (EEK)
Time Zone | UTC+2
Best Time to Visit | May to June for good weather
Connecting with the Culture | Enjoying a mud bath at one of Parnu’s health spas. Collecting amber (Baltic gold) washed up along the western coast. Seeking out brown bear, lynx, wolves and if you are lucky the rare European flying squirrel.
Read | The Czar’s Madmen by Jaan Kross
Listen | to Miserere Litany by Arvo Part
Eat | suitsukala (smoked fish), verivorst (blood sausage)
Drink | Vana Tallinn (a syrupy liqueur)
In a Word | Ma olen taimetoitlane (I am a vegetarian)
Characteristics | White nights – midsummer evenings that remain in twilight until dawn; grand limestone buildings; open-air song festivals
Surprises | It is home to one of Europe’s few accessible meteorite craters at Kaali on Saaremaa Island.