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Friday, 9 January 2015


The Estonian Declaration of Independence, also known as the Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia, was drafted by the Salvation Committee elected by the elders of the Estonian Provincial Assembly. The manifesto was printed and distributed in the capital, Tallinn on February 24, 1918.

The first celebration of Estonian Independence Day in Tallinn, Estonia on February 24, 1919

The National Day or Estonian Independence Day is celebrated each year on 24 February.

The Flag of Estonia was associated with Estonian nationalism and was used as the national flag when the Estonian Declaration of Independence was issued on February 24, 1918. It was raised for the first time on December 12, 1918 atop the Pikk Hermann in Tallinn.

The Estonian military boarded the Polish submarine ORP Orzeł in Tallinn on September 14, 1939, sparking a diplomatic incident that the Soviet Union would use the following year to justify the annexation of Estonia.

The extensive deportation campaign known as March deportation was conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on March 25–28, 1949 to force collectivization by way of terror. The Soviet authorities deported more than 92,000 people from the Baltics to remote areas of the Soviet Union.

Train cars used to transport deportees 

Estonia declared formal independence, reconstituting the pre-1940 state, on the night of August 20, 1991, during the attempted coup by the Soviets.

Estonia was among a group of ten countries admitted to the European Union on May 1, 2004.

During the 2007 Estonian parliamentary election, approximately 30,000 voters took advantage of electronic voting. It was the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet.

Estonian, is a Finno-Ugric language closely related to Finnish, and distantly to Hungarian and to the Sami languages.

Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world. The Eurobarometer Poll 2005 found that only 16% of Estonians profess a belief in a god, the lowest belief of all countries studied.

Forests cover 48% of the land.

The Skype software was created by Estonian developers Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn and was mainly developed in their home country.

Tallinn is the capital and the largest city of Estonia. It lies on the northern coast of Estonia, along the Gulf of Finland.

Tallinn is the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe. Tallinn Old Town is filled with medieval houses and alleyways and is still protected by the remnants of the city wall.

Kerli Kõiv is an Estonian Pop singer-songwriter who records under her first name, Kerli After scoring an audition with L.A. Reid, she signed to Island Def Jam Music Group in 2006. Her debut LP, Love Is Dead peaked at #126 on the American album chart in the summer of 2008. She provided music for the 2010 Disney film Alice in Wonderland and her song “Tea Party” was released as the third single from the soundtrack album.

Only about a quarter of the population are affiliated with a particular religion, with Lutheranism being most prevalent among Estonians in particular.

The Estonian National Day is celebrated on February 24th, the day the Estonian Declaration of Independence was issued.

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