Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million but is larger than Denmark and Holland. Estonia is about 50% forest and has about 2000 islands. Estonians love their forests, bogs and all the creatures that live there such as lynxes, brown bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and deers. It's right to say that Estonians come with a tree hugging trait. In the spring and autumn time, birdwatching is an extremely popular pastime attracting both humans and vertebrates from all over the world.
You can fly, sail, ride or drive to Estonia from anywhere in Europe. Located in northeastern Europe, this small coastal country is a short ferry trip away from Finland and Sweden, a coach ride away from such European capitals as Warsaw and Berlin, and an overnight train from Saint Petersburg will land you at the heart of Tallinn. Tallinn airport and ferry port are both located in close vicinity to the city centre making short city breaks extremely convenient.
Estonians tend to be at least bilingual, and according to recent studies, are among the best English speakers in Europe. There's an ongoing joke that many visitors tend to think that Estonians speak elvish. This magical sounding language is in fact Estonian, belonging to the Finno Ugric branch of European languages. While the millennials tend to speak two languages fluently on average, the older generation of Estonians are often fluent in Finnish and Russian in addition to English and Estonian.
Over 5 000 foreign students from 120 countries are in 2021 in higher education in Estonia. According to Statistics Estonia, working foreign students and alumni contributed more than EUR 13 million in tax revenue to the country in 2020.
The International Student Barometer shows that 91 % of foreign students are satisfied with Estonia’s higher education institutions. Nearly all students polled (95 %) say they decided to study in Estonia because of the boost it would give to their future careers.
It is Europe's start-up hot spot and one of the safest countries in the world.