Estonia

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The highest point of Estonia, Suur Munamägi is just 318 meters above sea level.

Estonia is the northernmost of the Baltic States and is a member of the EU since 2004. The state has a population of only 1.3 million people on an area of 45,339 square kilometers, making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. You are mistaken if you think of the Baltic state as a tiny country: Estonia is larger than Slovenia, the Netherlands, Denmark or Switzerland.

Estonia was annexed in 1940 by the Soviet Union and World War II was literally caught between two battling giant powers. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the state declared its independence in 1990. The Estonian forests are getting bigger from year to year, possibly due to the shrinking population. The current fertility rate is only half as high as in the year 1990.

Public transportation in the capital city Tallinn is free, but only for residents! The new regulation protects the environment, increased mobility and boost the sales of stores located downtown. Since 2005, there is also another change: In Estonian elections citizens can cast their vote online. The inhabitants of the country can avoid going to the ballot box and cast their vote from the convenience of their own home.

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