Climate & weather
The weather in Tallinn can best be described as having real seasons, although, quite naturally because we are talking about the Northern Baltic region, the winters may not be as cold as one may presume. And with pleasant temperatures between May and September, the summers can be very pleasing, averaging in the late teens to early twenties, topping 30” isn’t unheard of. Days are longer, nights are shorter.
The winters are rather mild, and in complete contrast to the summer. Daylight is at a premium, and while peak winter temperatures do average out at around -7” dips of -30” can be expected, so wrap up well.
Crime in Estonia
Estonia has a much lower crime rate than many western European cities of a similar size, but especially in busy public places, petty theft and pick pocketing can be a problem for tourists.
Religion in Estonia
The Christianity movement came washed over the Estonians in the eleventh century AD. In modern times Lutheranism is the most widely practiced religion for Estonians, however there are also Baptist and Russian Orthodox communities.
Languages & foreign languages in Estonia
Estonian – a relation to the Finnish language, is of course the national language, but a census report in 2012 reported that there were around 150 different language spoken in Estonia, with Estonian (68%, Russian 29% and Ukrainian (0.5%) making up the top three.
Estonian is up there with the main contenders for having one of the most difficult languages in the world, so any effort on your part will be well appreciated. Almost all Estonians are multi lingual, and may speak English, German or Russian.
Smoking in Estonia
As of 2005, Estonia joined the growing list of countries that have adopted a no smoking policy in public places. All restaurants, cafes and bars follow this rules.
Taxi ride in Tallinn
The taxi drivers in Tallinn are none for over charging everyone, so always get a quote of a journey beforehand, and if possible, order the taxi over the phone to avoid the extra “waiting fee” paid by haling a taxi down.
Tipping in Tallinn
Not so long ago, tipping wasn’t really popular in Estonia, but more people traveling and international influences have effect local habits. You’ll not be asked, if you do however, want to leave a token of your appreciation then it will either be politely received
WI-FI internet connection in Tallinn
Wi-fi is available for free at most hotels, cafes and some bars in Tallinn. In many cases if there is a password it is given by staff with no problems.