Find old Europe charm in Estonia
Estonia has it all…Tallinn retains all its 14th century medieval charm with a cosmopolitan vibe and…the Baltic coast is dotted with attractive villages, all with something different to offer …and the interior of the country is covered with woodland and is ideal for hiking. If you like fresh air, you’ll love it!
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- Population: 1,266,375
- Capital City: Tallinn
- Climate: Maritime, wet, moderate winters, cool summers
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Language: Estonian, Russian
- Country Code: 372
- Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia
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