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Overview of Estonia

Official name: Republic of Estonia
Area: 45 227 km2
Location: North East Europe
Population: 1.3 million
Capital city: Tallinn
Official language: Estonian

For more information please visit www.visitestonia.com.

Practicalities

Time
Estonia is in the Eastern European Time Zone: (UTC+02:00), from May to October it is Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+03:00).

Climate
The climate in Estonia is temperate, characterized by warm summers and fairly severe winters. The weather is often breezy and humid due to the proximity of the Baltic Sea. Average temperatures range from + 20.9° C in summer to – 8° C in winter. Occasionally the temperature may exceed to 30° C in summer or drop below –30° C in winter; however this is very unusual at our latitude.

Weather in May
Average temperature in May is +10,1°C, but can differ hugely (usual minimum -4°C at night, maximum +28°C at noon). Weather in May can be surprising, changing from winter cold to summer hot. Usually cool to warm, mostly sunny, windy, with occasional stormy days. Bring variety of clothes.

Weather forecast

Language
Estonian language that belongs to the Finno-Ugric language group. English, Finnish and Russian are widely spoken.

Religion
Predominantly unreligious. Lutheran, Russian Orthodox and Catholic communities are most frequent.

Public holidays
1 January (New Year's Day), 24 February (Independence Day), March/April (Good Friday), 1 May (May Day), 23 June (Victory Day), 24 June (Midsummer Day), 20 August (Re-Independence Day), 24 December (Christmas Eve), 25 December (Christmas Day), 26 December (Boxing Day).

Currency
The official currency in Estonia is the Euro (EUR, or €).

Credit cards
VISA, Maestro and MasterCard are accepted at almost all hotels, restaurants, shops, kiosks, taxis and banks. Eurocard and American Express are less recognized.

Opening hours
Banking hours Monday-Friday 9:00-16:00. Most banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Currency exchange offices are open from Monday to Friday 9:00-16:00 and on Saturdays 9:00-15:00. Shops are open Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, supermarkets and grocery stores 10:00-22:00. Larger shops are open on Sundays until 19:00.

Telephone
IDD system is available at all hotels. GSM net are in wide operation.

Electricity
230 V AC, 50 hertz, European-style 2-prong plugs (Type F and C) are in use.

Taxi
All licensed taxis charge according to the meter.

Visa
Estonia belongs to EU and Schengen Visa area regulations apply. For further information regarding the visa requirements please visit the website of the Estonian Foreign Ministry: www.vm.ee

Tax-free
Tax-free purchasing is available at the airport upon departure. The shops there have a reasonable selection of goods.