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  • 1. The Republic of Estonia
  • 2. General info
    • Estonia, offically the Republic of Estonia, is a country in Northern Europe.
    • The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 k m².
    • The population is about 1,3 million people.
    • The capital of Estonia is Tallinn, which is also the largest city in Estonia.
    • Estonia is divided into 15 counties.
    • The official language is Estonian, it is a Finno-ugric language and closely related to Finnish.
  • 3. “ Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm” “ My Fatherland, My Happiness and Joy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS_IHqUOMrs Estonian flag- blue symbolizing the blue sky above the native land, black symbolizing the attachment to our black soil and white, hard work and purity.
  • 4.
    • Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic.
    • Estonian president is Toomas Hendrik Ilves, his term as a president began in 2006.
    • The prime minister of Estonia is Andrus Ansip.
    • Estonia has been a member of the United Nations since 1991, of the European Union since 2004 and of NATO since 2004 .
  • 5. The Estonian song festival
    • I t is one of the most unique celebrations in Estonia and is also a part of UNESCO World heritage!
    • The first all-Estonian Song Festival took place in Tartu in 1869 and since then the Song Festivals have become a national tradition, being held every 4-5 years, when choirs from all over the country come to sing together.
    • This year the all Estonian song festival was visited by a record number or people- about 100 000 singers and spectactors at one concert .
  • 6. Dance Festival
    • Estonia is also known for its dance festival, which takes place at the same time as the song festival.
    • Nowadays there are also held dance festivals for men only and for younger dancers.
    • Folk-dance groups gather from all over Estonia and dance together, 7000 of them, to show their communion.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X64nkCVmK1M
  • 7. Sport
      • Estonia first competed as a nation at the 1920 Summer Olympics.
      • Estonia has won most of its Olympic medals in weightlifting, wrestling and cross-country skiing.
      • In 2008 summer games estonia won one gold medal (Kanter- discus) and one silver medal (rowing two-boat).
      • In the last winter olympics Estonia won three gold medals (skiing- Kristiina šmigun and Andrus Veerpalu). In 1980 the sailing regatta of Moscow Olympics was held in Estonia.
      • This year European Figure Skating Championshipos also took place in Estonia.
      • Every year one FIS world cup stage takes also place in Estonia, Otepää.
  • 8. Music
    • Estonia has some artists and composers who bring fame to our country.
    • For example, worldfamous Kerli Kõiv and a band named Bedwetters. Bedwetters had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on the MTV music awards when they won the category of New Sound of Europe.
    • A famous Estonian is also Arvo Pärt, whose pieces are listened and recognized all over the world.
    • Estonia has competed in Eurovison cong contest since 1994. In May 2001, Dave Benton and Tanel Padar gave a very strong performance and won, bringing Estonia the right to host the 2002 Eurovision song contest.
  • 9. Did you know that. .. ?
    • Skype was designed by Estonian developers, and millions of internet users in Estonia use it to make free calls over the internet.
    • Estonia has the highest number of meteorite craters per land area in the world.
    • The lowest temperature measured in Estonia is -43,5 celsius and the highest is +35,6 degrees celsius. This winter has also been really cold and snowy. The lowest temperature mesured this winter is -32,1 degrees, in Jõgeva.
    • Tallinn was chosen to be the Culture Capital of Europe during the year 2011.
  • 10.
    • Thank you for your attention!
    • Aitäh!