Welcome to Estonia!
Official name: Republic of Estonia
Area: 45 227 km2
Location: North East Europe
Population: 1.3 million
Capital city: Tallinn
Official language: Estonian
Climate: The climate in Estonia is temperate, characterized by warm summers and fairly severe winters. The weather is often breezy and humid due to the proximity of the Baltic Sea. Average temperatures range from + 20.9° C in summer to – 8° C in winter. Occasionally the temperature may exceed to 30° C in summer or drop below –30° C in winter; however this is very unusual at our latitude.
Language: Estonian language that belongs to the Finno-Ugric language group. English, Finnish and Russian are widely spoken.
Religion: Predominantly Protestant (Lutheran) but there also exists a large Russian Orthodox community.
Local time during conference: Eastern European Summer Time, GMT +3 hours.
Public holidays: 1 January (New Year's Day), 24 February (Independence Day), March/April (Good Friday), 1 May (May Day), 23 June (Victory Day), 24 June (Midsummer Day), 20 August (Re-Independence Day), 24 December (Christmas Eve), 25 December (Christmas Day),
26 December (Boxing Day).
Currency: The official currency in Estonia is the Euro (EUR, or €).
Credit cards: Major credits cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants, shops and the leading banks.
Opening hours: Banking hours Monday-Friday 09.00AM-04.00PM. Most banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Currency exchange offices are open from Monday to Friday 09.00AM-06.00PM and on Saturdays 09.00AM-03.00PM. Shops are open Monday-Friday 09.00AM-07.00PM and Saturday 09.00AM-04.00PM. Some remain open until 08.00PM; 09.00PM or 10.00PM and some are open on Sundays.
Telephone: IDD system is available at all hotels. GSM net are in wide operation.
Electricity: 230 V AC, 50 hertz, European-style 2-prong plugs (Type F and C) are in use.
Taxi: All licensed taxis charge according to the meter.
Visa: Estonia belongs to EU and Schengen Visa area regulations apply. For further information regarding the visa requirements please visit the website of the Estonian Foreign Ministry.
Tax-free: Tax-free purchasing is available at the airport upon departure. The shops have a reasonable selection of goods.