In summary, it encapsulates how Estonia portrays itself to the global audience. A synopsis:
1. Nordic, yo.
Due to its strategic location as a link between East and West, this Nordic nation has witnessed conquests since the 13th century.
The Nordic countryside is also dotted with ancient castles that used to be inhabited by the Teutonic knights.
Information technology companies such as Skype, which was recently bought over by the e-bay portal, and foreign investors such as Swedbank, Maersk, Galvexm, including the NRI-owned entity Tolaram Group have a presence here.
3. Note to self: Assimilate
What is remarkable about the Estonians is their ability to assimilate cultures and influences of other nations, make the most of them and at the same time retain the distinct Estonian essence.
4. History comes alive
With a solid town wall made up of 26 defence towers, within it are housed a Dominican St. Catherine’s Monastery founded in 1246, the 600-year-old Gothic Town Hall, the world’s oldest functioning pharmacy, and the 159-metres high Oleviste Church which was recorded as the highest structure in the world in the 16th century.
5. Unfriendly visa regime
However, Estonia, like the other regions of the Baltic Sea, has one obstacle that visitors have to overcome — its visa policy.The Baltic Sea region countries give extremely short-term visas, making it difficult for first- time visitors to discover and explore over and above the stay they have planned.