Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Estonia
  • After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, & Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918.
  • Estonia joined both NATO and the EU in 2004, OECD in 2010, and adopted the Euro in 2011
  • Estonia is divided into 15 counties.
  • It is one of the LEAST-populous members of the EU
  • Climate: maritime; moderate winters, cool summers
  • Ethnic Groups: Estonian 68.7%, Russian 25.6%, Ukranian 2.1%, Belarusian 1.2%, Finn 0.8%
  • Languages: Estonian (official) 67.3%, Russian 29.7%
  • Religion: Evangelical Lutheran 13.6%, Orthodox 12.8%, unaffiliated 34.1%, other and unspecified 32%
  • Population: 1.27 million
  • The capital of Estonia is Tallinn
  • Literacy Rate: 99.8%
  • GDP per capita: $21,059
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Parliamentary Republic

  • President: Toomas Hendrik Ilves
  • Prime Minister: Andrus Ansip
  • Parliament Speaker: Ene Ergma

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 73.58 years
  • Maternal Mortality Rate: 12 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant Mortality Rate: 6.94/ 1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 3.409/1,000 population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 1.2%
  • 3% of the rural population of Estonia lives with an unimproved water source
  • 6% of the rural population does not have access to Sanitation facilities
  • Infectious Disease Risk: intermediate
  • food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea
  • Vectorborne disease: tickborne encephalitis
  • Estonia has an intermediate or HIGH level of hepatitis A virus infection
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]


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