Tere! That`s Estonian for hello. I was reading a blog post about South Korea earlier and that gave me an idea to start writing about interesting and exciting places and countries in my blog as well. I`m gonna try to keep it short and fun, rather than bore you with long sentences you could easily read on Wikipedia instead.
I`m gonna start with Estonia. I live in Estonia. I have lived here all my life and so have my parents and grandparents, therefor it`s not actually that easy to think of the things others could find exciting about our country and culture. But I`m gonna give my best.
Estonia has two Independence Days - we achieved independence from the Soviet Union on the 24th February 1918 and had to do it again on the 20th August 1991 after 51 years of occupation.
Estonia was the first country in the world to introduce online political voting.
Our roads are traffic jam free.
Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million but is larger than Denmark or Holland.
Therefor there just isn`t enough cars to cause traffic jams. There is pretty intense traffic on morning rush hours in our two most largest cities, but no real traffic jams.
Estonia is almost 50 percent forest.
There is a picture moving around on Internet showing that our flag is just a picture of our landscape in a winter period. It does look like that in hear. Although, not on this year. We are having a surprisingly warm winter this year.
By the way, the colours really represent all other things. Blue is still sometimes said to represent sky, but also faith, loyalty, devotion, sea and lakes. Black symbolizes the dark past and suffering of the Estonian people as well as the traditional black jacket of the Estonian peasant.
The white color represents striving towards enlightenment and virtue, hope and freedom.
In 1994, Estonia became the first country to institute the flat income tax.
Estonia is the world’s least religious country. Only 14% of the population profess any religious beliefs. That is so mainly because of our history full of occupations and slavery.
There are no high hills or mountains. The highest point of Estonia is 318 meters, that`s about 1043 feet. Not very impressive, right?
That`s all for now. Head aega! That`s Goodbye in Estonian.