Estonia

Are you planing your first trip to Tallinn, trying to figure out what to see, where to go and where to stay overnight? In this guide I have added few cool Tallinn's attractions, shopping venue and really cool restaurants. I spent two days in Tallinn, during Summer of 2015 to celebrate my 30th birthday. In those two days I reviewed ...
Ulemiste shopping mall is the biggest in Estonia, it features more than 210 stores and has a parking lot capable of handling 1300 cars.  I don't remember actually why we chose exactly Ulemiste as our shopping destination in Tallinn, most probably somebody recommended it because of Ulemiste being the largest one. We get...
Are you looking for a Chinese restaurant in Estonian capital city of Tallinn? China Inn restaurant located in Tallinn's Old Town might be the right answer. First discovered this venue back in Summer of 2015, during a two day trip to Tallinn. Chinese food is among my favorite food of the World  - here at China Inn in Tallinn you can...
The War of Independence Victory Column  is located in Freedom Square, Tallinn,Estonia. It was opened on 23 June 2009 as a memorial for those who fell during the Estonian War of Independence, through which the people of Estonia will be able to commemorate all those who had fought for freedom and independence...
Georgian cuisine lovers rejoice - I have just found another restaurant of Georgian food, this time in Estonian Capital city Tallinn. Discovered by accident during wanderings around Tallinn's Old Town, tried once back in Summer 2015. Shortly I left St Michael's Swedish Church I noticed my darling was sitting on the stairs...
St Michael's Church or St Michael's Swedish Church is a Lutheran church used by the Swedish congregation in the old town district of Tallinn, Estonia. We were off in the streets of Old Tallinn wandering what should we see, and I noticed this church and decided to go inside to adjust my church...
St. Nicholas' Church is a medieval former church in Tallinn, Estonia. It was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors. Originally built in the 13th century, it was partially destroyed in Soviet Bombing of Tallinn in World War II. It has since been restored and today houses a branch of...
On the second day's morning, during our short two day trip to Tallinn, we left our hotel and went out to explore city. Soon we were in area which featured parks, gardens and architectural pearls - as I leant latter this place has a special name - Green area in Harju street.  It's a pretty lively street in Tallinn, featuring...
The restaurant “Three crowns” is located in the heart of Old Town, in the center of street Vene 8. Cheerfully opens the door’s for all people who love well-prepared cuisine, there is combined Estonian and European cuisine with interesting wine list of Old Town and New world.  Although hotel we stayed during our short stay in...
Mad Murphy's Irish Pub is located in Tallinn very close to city's town square on Mundi street 2. If you are up to for a Nightlife in Tallinn, make sure you visit this pub, I visited this pub back in Summer of 2015, during our short two days trip to celebrate my thirty birthday, shortly we were checked in at our hotel (Read my review...
St. Olav Hotel is located in the heart of Old Tallinn just a few hundred meters away from Tallinn's Town Hall square. We stayed at this hotel in August, 2015, during a short travels to Estonian capital to celebrate my thirty birthday. Lai street in Tallinn Our hotel was located in the heart of Old Tallinn, since it was a...
One of the most impressive tourist sights in Tallinn, most probably is Tallinn Town hall square and its surrounding restaurants and cafes. Speaking of the Town Hall it is the oldest town hall in the whole of the Baltic region and Scandinavia. We visited Tallinn's Town Hall square while headed to our hotel (located...
Huge was my surprise when walking from Tallinn Bus Station to the city centre I discovered an Armenian Apostolic church, surrounded by skyscrapers. Just a year ago I spent my birthday in Yerevan, Armenia. Now a year latter, seeing an Armenian Church seemed like a sign for me. I still don't know what kind of sign, but that was a...
The Tallinn Bus Station  is the main long-distance bus station of Tallinn, Estonia. The bus station is located in the southeastern part of the city centre (Kesklinn District), in Juhkentali neighborhood.  When I was a young exchange student in Finland, I used this bus station frequently...
There has been some positive improvements for rise of minimum wage in all three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in recent years. And there are more to come. In 2016 minimum wage is set to rise in all Baltic states. Estonia will have minimum wage of EUR 430; Latvia - EUR 370 and Lithuania - EUR 350. Here are my...
At the start of this August I traveled to Estonian capital city Tallinn from Riga (Latvia) to celebrate my birthday and I had a few options to choose on how to actually get there - like, car, coach (bus) or plane (I believe there is a rail connection as well, but I also believe it takes some 12 hours to travel a short ~ 300 km distance...
Tonight's final of Eesti Laul 2015 was a great show with 10 talented acts fighting to represent Estonia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. However, only one act could win and this was Elina Born & Stig Rästa with the song Goodbye To Yesterday!Last year in Copenhagen, Estonia failed to qualify to the Grand Final but this...
I first heard of idea to build an undersea tunnel connecting Finish capital Helsinki with Estonian Tallinn, back in 2006. Soon it will be already 10 years, and I would probably have forget the idea of this project, but, today I red an article suggesting that estimate costs of such project could be EUR 13 billion, and it could be...
A year ago I wrote an article covering minimum wages in Baltic States. In that article I found that minimum wages for 2013/2014 were at: EUR 330 Estonia, EUR 320 Latvia and EUR 290 in Lithuania. Now - 2015 will be a special year - starting 2015 all three Baltic countries will have Euro as currency, Lithuania will adopt Euro starting...
A while ago I already compared Baltic nations with Caucasian nation by GDP (that time I was comparing data for 2012). Since it's second half of 2014 already, I decided to compare how 6 independent states looks alike in 2013 (Most recent data we can get from World Bank) Some might argue - why I'm comparing those regions? Well - why not?...
Last year I red an excellent article pointing out that income level in Estonia could reach level its in Scandinavia in next 10-15 years. Although this article made me smile, I decided to compare - is it real for Estonia to reach level like that? Since its almost a year since  I wrote that article - I decided to compare again...
Yesterday a power outage happened in Tbilisi, and whole country of Georgia was cut of electricity. According to official information - power outage was caused by fault in 500 KV  line. I'm not an expert in electricity, and I'm not familiar with it's everyday terminology - well, I know how to change a bulb, and that there is...
Soviet Union once was a mighty empire that threatened all the rest world, it has been already 24 years since Soviet Union doesn't exist any more, what's left - free market economies stretching from Baltic sea to Bering straight. In total there are 15 FSU republics in over days. Some of them (Baltic states) has found a new ally with EU,...
Some time ago I already did a chart of minimum wages in Former Soviet Union, now some time - about 6 months have passed and I decided to take a look to minimum wages in Former Soviet Union one more time. Although minimum wages doesn't play major role on economic boost, it's still an indicator I like to know when researching particular...
Another documentary from Deutche Welle. Over a decade ago, we visited Estonia. We've come back to meet the same people and see how their lives have changed. The fisherwoman from the island of Saaremaa has opened a shop, and the former student has found a job in the university town of Tartu. But the power station employee in Narva is...
Previously I have already measured and compared minimum wages in Baltic states, Caucasus and Central Asia. All of these once was a part of Soviet Union. Today I'm willing to measure minimum wages in all former 15 republics of Soviet Union.   $ Estonia 427 Lithuania 385 Latvia 379...
Baltic states are one of the poorest countries in European Union.In 2013 minimum wage in Baltic states was $427 in Estonia, $379 in Latvia and $385 in Lithuania.Difference between "richest" Estonia and "poorest" Latvia in 2013, in terms of minimum wage was = $48 Estonia has announced to increase it's minimum wage by 35 EUR both in...
I have red some interesting article on Estonian Public Broadcasting (news.err.ee) in which  professor of economics, at Tartu University, Raul Eamets predicts that it will take 10-15 years for Estonian incomes to catch up with those of Nordic countries.  Income level is not the same as GDP, but knowing GDP we can...
In on of my previous posts - I measured GDP's in Baltic states and Caucasus in 2012. And in that blog post I asked a question, which of the regions first will achieve mark 100 bln USD GDP. In 2012 Baltic states had 92.47 billion USD in total, and Caucasus 92.94 billion USD in total. By doing simple calculations we easily could find out...
I would like to lay out some financial data about Baltic's and Caucasus region.GDP in Baltic states 2012Estonia 21.85 billion USDLatvia 28.37 billion USDLithuania 42.25 billion USDCaucasus GDP 2012Armenia 9.91 billion USDAzerbaijan 67.2 billion USDGeorgia 15.83 billion USDSo compared those 6 countries in 2 regions - we see that the...