Estonian Culture

Language in Estonia

Estonian is the official language of Estonia, but the North and South have different dialects. These result from two migrations into Estonia each having different Finnish language. The Northern dialect has taken precedence, but Demark, Germany , Sweden and Russia have all contributed to making Estonian culture equipped with a unique language, unlike the other Baltic languages or Russian. However, around a quarter of the population speak Russian. German is sometimes spoken in the Baltic areas, as is Swedish in the north-west.

Social Life in Estonia

The family is the backbone of Estonian life; they look after the elderly as part of the family. Oral traditions have been very influential, keeping tradition alive during Soviet occupation. Singing is especially effective – they sung their way to freedom in the 1989-1991 “Singing Revolution”

You may find Estonians rather reserved on first meeting them, although they do warm up after they have got to know you a bit. If you are invited for a meal, arrive promptly and dress conservatively. Check to see whether shoes are worn inside and try to finish what is on your plate.

The state finances many cultural venues – libraries, museums and theatres. Bars and night clubs are very popular in Tallinn – and often open at noon, so you can lunch or dine there, too. The following web site will give you lots of information about Estonia and what is on offer there: Estonia in your pocket.

You can laze on white sandy beaches or participate in cross country skiing. There are three national parks with unspoilt bogs, lakes and forest with picturesque old houses and villages.

Learn more about living in Estonia.

Holidays of Estonian Culture

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • February 24 – Independence Day
  • National Day – celebrates the declaration of independence in 1918.
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • May 1 – Spring Day (May Day)
  • Whitsunday (Pentecost) – June 23
  • Victory Day – June 24
  • St. John’s Day or Midsummer Day – August 20
  • Day of Restoration of Independence in 1991
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 26 – Boxing Day

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