How did Estonia get its name?

The name’s modern geographical meaning comes from Eistland, Estia and Hestia in the medieval Scandinavian sources. Estonians adopted it as endonym in the mid-19th century, previously referring themselves generally as maarahvas, meaning “land people” or “country folk”.

What do Estonians call themselves?

Alternative Names

Republic of Estonia; Estonians refer to themselves as eestlased and to the country as Eesti or Eesti Vabariik.

Did Estonia used to be part of Russia?

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania had been part of the Russian Empire since the end of the 18th century, but after the Russian Revolution of 1917 they became independent states.

Why was Estonia created?

A Quest for Independence

For centuries, the Estonian people dreamed of establishing a state free from foreign domination. The 1917 revolution and the generally unstable situation in Russia created the opportunity for Estonia to gain its independence.

What race are Estonians?

Estonians are Finnic people who speak Estonian, which is closely related to Finnish. The ethnic breakdown is currently 69% Estonian, 25% Russian, 2% Ukranian, 1% Belarusians, 0.8% Finns and 1.6% other.

Who rules Estonia?

Estonia

Republic of Estonia Eesti Vabariik (Estonian)
Government Unitary parliamentary republic
• President Kersti Kaljulaid
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas
• Speaker of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas

Do they speak English in Estonia?

This so-called “elven” language is spoken by around 1.1 million people globally. Estonia has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.8% and nearly everyone speaks a foreign language, most commonly English and Russian, but also Finnish, German or Swedish.

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Is living in Estonia safe?

Estonia is one of Europe’s most spacious countries. … In Estonia you are never more than a 30-minute drive away from a forest or a lake. The living environment is very clean, relaxed and safe. According to the World Health Organization, Estonia has the best overall air quality in the entire world.

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