Estonian Information

Estonia /ɛsˈtoʊniə/ , officially the Republic of Estonia , is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia , and to the east by the Russian Federation . The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 km2 and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate.

The Estonians are a Finnic people, and the Estonian language is closely related to Finnish. The modern name of Estonia is thought to originate from the Roman historian Tacitus, who in his book Germania described a people called the Aestii. Similarly, ancient Scandinavian sagas refer to a land called Eistland, close to the Danish, German, Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian term Estland for the country. Early Latin and other ancient versions of the name are Estia and Hestia. Esthonia was a common alternate English spelling prior to independence.

Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic and is divided into fifteen counties. The capital and largest city is Tallinn. With a population of only 1.34 million, Estonia is one of the least-populous members of the European Union. Estonia was a member of the League of Nations from September 22, 1921, has been a member of the United Nations since September 17, 1991, and of NATO since March 29, 2004, as well as the European Union since May 1, 2004. Estonia has also signed the Kyoto protocol. Estonia is a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe . As an OSCE participating State, Estonia’s international commitments are subject to monitoring under the mandate of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

Wikipedia, Estonian, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonia (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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