the most scenic of the three Baltic States, it is a nation famed for its
enormous forests, beautiful wetlands and remote offshore islands as well as
for being one of Europe's most friendly and forward-thinking nations.
capital Tallinn is gorgeous, it attracts city breakers looking for a
combination of grandiose architecture and happening nightlife, and its
primeval forests and lake lands thrilling nature lovers, Estonia has become
one of the hottest new travel discoveries in Eastern Europe.
Estonia is an unspoilt, sparsely populated
country, nearly half of which is covered with forests. Wetlands, together
with primeval forests, represent preserved communities which have for the
most part been destroyed in Europe. More than 1,000 lakes (5% of the
Estonian territory) dot the countryside,........
The climate of Estonia is temperate, with warm
summer weather and rather extreme winters. The temperature range between
summer highs and winter lows is 70°F (30°C) and 18°F (-8°C). The northerly
situation of the country means that summer days are not only warm, but also.........
Estonian culture developed in earnest during the
nineteenth-century period of national awakening. Elements of Estonian
peasant culture, such as songs and folktales, were brought together by the
country's first cultural elite after 1850. Between 1857 and 1861,.........
Estonia's history, like that of its Baltic
neighbours, has been one almost singly devoted to maintaining independence
from its powerful neighbours, most notably Russia. Annexed by Stalin in
1940, Estonia never entirely became the Soviet republic it might have