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Republic of Estonia > Details

Country Name
Republic of Estonia
Geographical Area
42,388 sq km
Population
1,274,709 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
Tallinn
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People   Estonian 68.7%, Russian 25.6%, Ukrainian 2.1%, Belarusian 1.2%, Finn 0.8%, other 1.6%
Language   Estonian (official) 67.3%, Russian 29.7%, other 2.3%, unknown 0.7%
Religion   Evangelical Lutheran 13.6%, Orthodox 12.8%, other Christian (including Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal) 1.4%, unaffiliated 34.1%, other and unspecified 32%, none 6.1%
Government   Parliamentary Republic
Head of Government   Prime Minister: Taavi Roivas; President: Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Embassy   Kentmanni 20, 15099 Tallinn Estonia Tel : (+372) 668 8100
Visas   As a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you may enter Estonia for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
Health Risks   Tick-borne encephalitis can be contracted in wooded areas from spring to autumn.
Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: June to August – is when the weather is warmest and the days are long and bright. Casual clothing made of lightweight fabrics and good walking shoes are essential. A shawl, sweater and/or jacket is recommended for cooler evening breezes and an umbrella is sometimes needed for summer showers. WINTER: November to March – During winter, an overcoat, hat, gloves and scarf will protect you from much of the wet and wind. For extra measure, waterproof your winter jacket or purchase a garment that is made of watertight fabric. SPRING/FALL: March to May and September to November- The weather in spring and fall can be very varied. Therefore, wearing multiple layers is recommended. Rain is common in spring and fall so bring an umbrella and waterproof jacket. DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require a jacket and tie for men.
Time Zone:   Two hours ahead of GMT/UTC; seven hours ahead of U.S. EST
Banking / Exchange   Changing money in Estonia is easy at the many ATMs, banks, hotels and bureaux de change that offer currency exchange services. Bank opening hours vary but are usually Mon-Fri from 9am to 4pm
Currency   Euro
Electric Current   Metric
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   All major credit cards (except American Express) are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops.
Shopping   General Trade Stores Shopping Hours Mon to Sun: 10am –7pm (may close earlier on weekends) The items most popular to buy are textiles, wooden kitchen utensils, ceramics, glass products, jewelry, and antiques.
Weights & measures  
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price. 2. When leaving the country, show the unused goods to a customs officer and get the form stamped. 3. Show your stamped refund form and passport to a Refund Office before leaving EU (usually every international airport has one) to receive a credit card or cash refund.
National Airport   Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (TLL
Major Tourist Attractions   Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Parnu
Tipping Suggestion   A 10% tip in restaurants is common, but not required.
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