Are you planning on visiting Tallinn? Any visit to a new city is exciting, but we would always advise you to do a little research first. The Baltic city of Tallinn is of course beautiful, but here are some interesting facts about the Estonian city.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Tallinn and Estonia…
1. Where is Tallinn? Tallinn is in Estonia. Estonia is North East Europe and is part of a group of countries that make up the Baltic States and has over 50m wonderful coastline. Estonia borders Russia and Latvia.
2. Although Tallinn is the main capital of Estonia, the locals recognise the city of Tartu as the cultural capital of Estonia and the city of Parnu as the countries summer capital.
3. Some houses in Tallinn date back to the 11th century.
4. Estonian’s are not so big on religion. It is believed that on fewer than 15% of the population claim to follow any particular religious belief.
5. Tallinn has many quaint, pleasing, and romantic spots throughout the city, we however recommend St. Catherine’s Passage. It’s a picturesque lane where craftswomen sell all manner of things like jewellery, quilts, ceramics and stained glass etc.
6 Did you know that NATO’s main research centre for cyber deference is housed in Tallinn?
7. Forward thinking technology friendly Estonia is the birthplace of Skype, Hotmail and KazaA. It was also the first country to use an online political voting system and all schools in Estonia are connected to the internet. (The country has a 99.8% literacy rate)
8. The official currency of Estonia is the Euro. They exchanged from the Kroon after having joined the Euro-zone.
9. If you’re asked if you’d like a Viru Valge or Saaremaa, don’t fear, these the names of the two most popular vodkas.
10. Over 50% of Tallinn is covered by forest and about 10% of the country is classified as a nature reserve. With close to 1500 islands, 7000 rivers and around 100 lakes, don’t be surprised to see the odd wolf, beer, lynx or elk taking a morning stroll.