Estonia

Capital Tallinn

Population 1,315,944

Area 45,227 km2

Key facts

Estonia is a member state of the European Union located in Northern Europe. There are 2 countries (Latvia, Russian Federation) that Estonia shares its borders with. The official language of Estonia is Estonian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Estonia are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Estonia was ranked 22nd out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Estonia is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 USD is worth 0.93 EUR.

Estonian
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

Estonian
Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Estonia is 103.48 Mbps and mobile is 94.89 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Estonia has more ATMs.64.60 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Estonia without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Estonia. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Estonia will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Independence Day will take place on February 24.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s Dayuusaasta
February 24, 2023 Independence Dayiseseisvuspäev
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good Fridaysuur reede
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter Sundayülestõusmispühade 1. püha
May 1, 2023 Spring Daykevadpüha
May 28, 2023Moving holiday Pentecostnelipühade 1. püha
June 23, 2023 Victory Dayvõidupüha and jaanilaupäev
June 24, 2023 Midsummer Dayjaanipäev
August 20, 2023 Day of Restoration of Independencetaasiseseisvumispäev
December 24, 2023 Christmas Evejõululaupäev
December 25, 2023 Christmas Dayesimene jõulupüha
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s Dayteine jõulupüha

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Estonia?

There are no Mariott hotels in Estonia.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Estonia.

There are no IHG hotels in Estonia.

There are no Best Western hotels in Estonia.

There are Radisson hotels in Tallinn.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Estonia.

What fast food chains are present in Estonia?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Estonia.

The KFC chain operates in Estonia.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Estonia.

The Subway chain operates in Estonia.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Estonia.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Estonia.

Weather

What is the weather like in Tallinn?

Today the sun in Tallinn, rises at 8:10 AM and sets at 4:59 PM. The climate of Tallinn may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9DrizzleLow: 1°C (33.8°F)High: 2.9°C (37.22°F)
FridayFeb 10DrizzleLow: -1.1°C (30.02°F)High: 2°C (35.6°F)
SaturdayFeb 11Heavy snowLow: -1.8°C (28.76°F)High: 0.2°C (32.36°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: -1.8°C (28.76°F)High: 1.7°C (35.06°F)
MondayFeb 13OvercastLow: 0.6°C (33.08°F)High: 4°C (39.2°F)
TuesdayFeb 14DrizzleLow: -0.2°C (31.64°F)High: 1.5°C (34.7°F)

Weather data for Tallinn (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is available only in one city: Tallinn. Bolt is available in 11 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Estonia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.7, Estonia is placed 37th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Estonia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  517.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 4.50 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Estonia

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal in certain circumstances.

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 17.

When a ship sailing from one Member State to another sails through the special status regions: Åland, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, French Overseas Territories (Guadeloupe, Guana, Martinique, and Reunion), Mount Athos of Greece, the same quantitative limits and value restrictions apply as for goods imported from outside the EEC territory.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 40 cigarettes* (an air passenger up to 200 cigarettes) or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 50g of tobacco (an air passenger up to 250 cigarettes)
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