Did you know that Estonian music is far from being only classical, folk or choral music?
It also includes a vibrant and varied pop and rock scene with interesting acts from all possible genres. Since 2009 almost 1000 Estonian artists have set the stage at Tallinn Music Week to perform for local audiences and foreign press & industry specialists. Both ambitions and contact networks of new up-and-coming artists have rapidly grown these past years. Due to that more and more Estonian acts find their way and perform abroad to introduce their music and tell their story.Read more
Did you know that Estonia has a city that spans more than one country? That city is Valga / Valka. We share the city amicably with Latvia.
Valga in the early 20th centuryRead more
Did you know that Estonians are sport fanatics?
Estonians believe that sport is good, and great athletes always draw much public attention in these parts. Yes, both special sport stars and special sport events are held in esteem in Estonia!Read more
Did you know that Tahkuna Lighthouse is a cousin of the Eiffel Tower in Paris?
Russia commissioned Tahkuna Lighthouse based on what had been seen at the 1871 World Exposition in Paris. The cast-iron plates of the enclosure were cast in Paris in 1873/1874 and were subsequently erected on a small island named Hiiumaa, which at the time was under the control of imperial Russia. It was said that some parts of the lighthouse were manufactured by the company that also produced the Eiffel Tower.Read more
Did you know that the oldest capital city in the Baltic Sea region was in fact mostly inhabited and ruled by foreigners – Danes, Germans, Swedes, Russians – from the 13th to the 19th centuries, and Estonians could only begin to claim Tallinn as their own city from the 1920s?
There were most likely earlier Estonian settlements during the 11th and 12th centuries on the present day location of Tallinn – Estonian clans used the area of what is now the Tallinn as a marketplace, and they utilised the natural harbour and maintained a wooden fortress on Toompea hill. 1154 – Tallinn is first mentioned in historic records by Arab cartographer al-Idrisi (Tallinn as Qlwr, Kolyvan, Koluvan, Kalewen by Lindanäs/Lyndanise)Read more
Did you know that a famous British crime writer is not fazed by Estonia’s climate?
And that’s not all – he helps to organise a literary festival in Estonia.Read more
Did you know that Erasmus exchange students picked Estonia as their No 1 European country in which to continue their studies? Tallinn University of Technology is the most international university in Estonia. In 2013, TUT had a total of 1,170 international students (both degree and international students).
Tallinn University of Technology is the only technology university in Estonia and the flagship of engineering and technology education in Estonia. It is at TUT that synergies are generated between engineering and the exact, life, health and social sciences, giving birth to new ideas.Read more
Did you know that you can come across a bit of Venice in Tartu?
In the City of Tartu, more than anywhere else, glass goblets with high-level enamel paintings, so-called Venetian goblets, have been found.Read more
Did you know that the oldest continuously operating café in Tallinn is Café Maiasmokk?
In 1806, the Swiss confectioner Lorenz Caviezel set up his confectioner’s workshop and shop front in the same location. In 1864, the business was bought by the Baltic German confectioner Georg Stude, who joined it to the building on the adjacent lot. It began to produce hand-crafted marzipan figurines and chocolate sweets and cakes, and a café was opened. It is like that to this day.Read more