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Estonia Facts for Kids

Estonia Facts for Kids

  • Estonia is located in the north corner of Europe.
  • Formally Estonia was known as the Republic of Estonia.
  • On the northern corner, Estonia is bordered by the Gulf of Finland.
  • On the western corner, Estonia is bordered by the Baltic Sea and Sweden, Latvia borders Estonia on its western side while on the eastern side it is bordered by Russia and Lake Peipus.
  • Estonia has founded more than 9000 years BC.
  • The Kroon was the currency used in Estonia until January 2011 when it was replaced by the Euro.
  • Estonia is among the few countries in the universe that receive a large number of tourists more than their total population every year.
  • The longest river in Estonia is the Gauja River which covers a total distance of 456km.
  • Other rivers found in Estonia are Vohandu(162 km), Pamu (144 km), Poltsamaa (135 km), Pedia (122 km), Keila ( 116 k), Kasari (112 km), Piusa (109 km), Pirita (105 km) Emajogi (101 km) and Navesti (100 km) among others.
  • The largest lake in Estonia is Lake Peipus which lies on the border between Estonia and Russia.
  • The tallest mountain in Estonia is Suur Munamagi which can be translated to Big Egg Mountain. Its height is 318 meters (1,043 feet). This mountain is located in the south-eastern side of Estonia in a county known as Voru which is near the borders of Russia and Latvia.
  • The capital city of Estonia is Tallinn and covers a total area which is estimated to be about 159.2 km square (61.5 square miles).
  • The total number of people of living in Tallinn is estimated to be approximately 450,305 people.
  • The total population of Estonia is estimated to be more than 1.316 million people. It has a population density of 28.4 people per square kilometer.
  • There are more females in Estonia than males.
  • The official language of Estonia is Estonian.
  • Other languages that are common in Estonia are Russian, German, Finnish and English.
  • Estonia is made up of its mainland and more than 2000 islands.
  • Estonia is among the cleanest places on earth.
  • Forests in this country covers approximately 50 percent of the total landmass while 22 percent of the land in this country has been put under agriculture.
  • Estonia is said to be one of the least religious countries in the world.
  • According to a study conducted in 2005 only a small portion of 16 percent was said to be following any form of religion but later roll a study conducted in 2015 indicated that about 26 percent of the people living in Estonia claimed to be followers of the Lutheranism religion while 27.6 percent claimed to be followers of the Eastern Orthodox doctrine. Only a small percent of 3.3 percent followed other smaller denominations of the Christian religion. However, 38.9 percent of the people openly declared that they are not followers of any religion.
  • Estonia is a place where several discoveries were made. For instance, the first Christmas tree was made in Estonia.
  • Today Estonia is a society that has embraced technology, whereby it was the first country in the world to have adopted the online voting system.
  • Estonia is also the place where Hotmail and KazaA started.
  • Politically, Estonia is unique in that it celebrates the attainment of independence twice a year.
  • The first day is celebrated on the 24th of February every year. During this day they celebrate the day they got independence from the Soviet Union in 1918. The other date is the 20th of August of every year. Today the president is the head of government in Estonia.
  • Among all the nations of the world, Estonia is ranked as the second with a literacy rate of 99.8 percent.
  • Estonia has gone a long way to boost its education system where all the schools have access to the internet.
  • Estonia is the world’s leading nation in terms of folk songs collection whereby more than 133,000 folk songs have already been written and recorded.
  • Estonia is one of the best birds watching places in Europe. Every year approximately 380 species of birds are seen in Estonia as they migrate.
  • Estonia is among the nations in Europe having the most beautiful people.
  • The Climate in Estonia is usually moderate during the winters and fairly cool during the summers. Estonia is endowed with numerous natural resources which are sandstones, sand, land which is arable, phosphorite and peat among others.
  • The landscape of Estonia is horizontal on the north and mountainous on the south.