Estonia and Tallinn

The conference takes place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, EU. Estonia is a country of contrasts. A large proportion of our nation's land is designated as natural protection area. At the same time, Estonia is on the vanguard of technological development. Get acquainted with our small, beautiful and interesting land! 
More info on visitestonia.com

 

Tallinn is located in Northern Europe in the north-eastern part of the Baltic Sea region. Area of Tallinn - 159,2 km² (Estonia 45 227 km²) and is a city of contrasts as well. In the heart there is one of the most beautiful medieval old towns in Europe, which is accompanied and surrounded by the modern business block made of steel and glass and the Baltic Sea. The best way to arrive to Tallinn is by using airplane, ferry or bus. More about Tallinn.

Climate

The climate in Tallinn is characterized by a fairly cold winter, a cool spring with little precipitation, a moderately warm summer and a long and rainy autumn. However, some summers have weeks at a stretch of temperatures around +30°C, and a warm, sunny summer can keep autumn at bay until mid-October.
Average temperature in July +16,7°C
Average temperature in February -4°C

Weather forecast in the Internet: www.weather.ee/tallinn

Time

Estonia is in the Eastern European Time Zone: GMT + 2 hours. In summer: GMT + 3 hours.

Population

Population: 1.3 million
Population density: 31 inhabitants per square km
The proportion of urban population: 68% (2011)
The proportion of rural population: 32% (2011)
The birth rate in 2011 was 11.0 per 1000 residents while the mortality rate reached 11.4 per 1000 residents.
Largest ethnic groups (2011): Estonians (69%), Russians (26%), Ukrainians (2%), Belarussians (1%) and Finns (1%)

Language

The official language is Estonian, which belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family and is closely related to Finnish. Along with Finnish, English, Russian and German are also widely spoken and understood.

Religion

Since the Reformation movement in the 16th century, the Lutheran church has played the leading role in Estonia. Other larger active confessions are Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic.

Visa regulations

As a member of European Union and Schengen area, Estonia is easily accessible to anyone looking to travel over from Europe. Citizens from EU, USA, New Zealand, Canada and Australia do not need a visa to enter the country and you also do not need one, if you are travelling with a Schengen visa. Check the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website if you are in any doubt. It is always up to date with visa information and gives details of Estonian embassies abroad where they can be obtained. For specific information and foreign representations in Estonia, please check the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

Currency exchange

National currency: 1 Euro = 100 cents. Most larger hotels, stores and restaurants accept Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Diner’s Club and American Express. However, it is advisable to carry some cash with you. Traveller’s checks can be exchanged in most banks but are less likely to be accepted in shops. Eurocheque is the most widely accepted traveller’s check, but American Express and Thomas Cook are also accepted.
Banks are plentiful and easy to find in Tallinn. Most are open from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, while some offices are also open on Saturday mornings. All banks offer currency exchange services. Exchange offices can also be found in larger hotels, the airport, harbour, railroad station and major shopping centres.

Internet and communication

Public Internet access points have been set up all over Estonia. They are located in local libraries and post offices. There are over 100 free wireless Internet zones around the country, many of them in rather unexpected places - beaches, Old Town squares, stadiums, and concert halls. Find here a map of free Wi-Fi hotspots around Tallinn hosted by City of Tallinn.

 

Country dialling code: 00372 or +372

Emergency

For entry into Estonia no vaccinations or health certificates are required. Health insurance policy is optional.
Pharmacies are usually open from 10:00-19:00, but two of them stays open all night (Südameapteek - Tõnismägi 5, ph: +372 644 2282and Vikerlase 16, ph: +372 638 4338)
Pharmacies in Shopping Centres are usually open from 9:00-21:00. Ordinary medication is available in all pharmacies. In case of an accident or sudden illness, call for an ambulance free-of-charge from any phone: 112.

Police - Free-of-charge call from any phone: 112.

Power supply

The electricity current is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz, European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.

Getting around in Tallinn

Public transport accessibility varies from town to town. Routes, schedules and tickets for cross country coaches are available on T-Pilet website. For train routes and tickets, please visit Elron's website.

 

Specific times and routes in Tallinn for buses and trams. are available at soiduplaan.tallinn.ee. Transport card, also known as green card ("roheline kaart"), is available for purchase and top-up at the many kiosks located across Tallinn. Look for the yellow shop front of R-kiosk in Tallinn airport, Tallinn port, Tallinn bus station and Balti Jaam station.

 

For getting around with taxi it is useful to use Taxify or Uber app.

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