Estonia  Estonia

The Republic of Estonia is a state in the Baltic region of 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 Lake Peipsi and the Russian Federation.

The territory of Estonia covers 45 227 km2, i.e. almost as large as Denmark and the Netherlands. However, only 1.4 million people live in Estonia - this is a third of Denmark, and only 10% of the Netherlands. Such a small population density has enabled to preserve the natural environment better than in densely populated West European areas. Forests and mires make up more than half of the territory of Estonia.

As usual in the temperate zone, a clear seasonal rhythm characterizes the climate of Estonia. The warmest month is July, while the coldest month is February. The highest temperature measured in Estonia is +35 ºC and the lowest –43 ºC. The ice covers inland water bodies usually in December and melts during April.

Estonia is characterised by white nights of the northern counties, forest massifs, extensive bogs, and 3800 kilometre coastal line. More than 2,500 km of it is made up of the shoreline of about 1500 islands and islets. West Estonian coasts are very diverse, the real treasure of North Estonia is the limestone cliff.

The natural river system can be regarded as one of the most important values of Estonian nature. Above all, this involves riverine and riparian habitats. There are about 1500 lakes of considerable size in Estonia. In addition, thousands of smaller ponds and bog pools can be counted. The area covered by lakes in Estonia occupies over 2000 km², two thirds of which is Lake Peipsi – the fifth biggest lake in Europe.

Our non-profit organisation Estonian Rural Tourism (MTÜ Eesti Maaturism) was set up in January 2000. It's objective is to represent the common interests of  rural tourism service providers, in order to support the development of countryside tourism in Estonia.


Eesti Maaturism - Estonian Rural Tourism Association

Eesti Maaturism - Estonian Rural Tourism Association

Vilmsi 53 g
EE - 10147 Tallinn
Tel: +372 600 9999

E-mail: eesti@maaturism.ee
Web: www.maaturism.ee