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Estonian holiday homes

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In the north of East Europe, Estonia is the smallest Baltic State. Close to Scandinavia and Russia, Estonia has a definite nordic feel and a significant proportion of Russian immigrants. All the Baltic States - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - were under Soviet rule until 1991 and joined the EU in May 2004. Estonia hopes to adopt the Euro in 2011.

You will find untouched forests, marshland, 3,700kms of coastline and 1,500 islands in the Baltic Sea. Much of Estonia is fairly flat. Its high latitude means that the seasons are very pronounced in Estonia with over 18 hours of daylight in the height of summer and only 6 hours of daylight in mid winter. Estonia has 36 native species of orchid. Estonia's best known garden is Tallinn Botanic Garden.

The range of real estate in Estonia spans from castles and manor houses to converted windmills and log cabins. The wide availability of wood as a commodity mean that many Estonian properties have high quality wooden flooring.

There are no restrictions on the purchase of real estate in Estonia by foreigners. To purchase land, foreigners must apply to the local municipality for approval.


Estonia's capital, Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. The old town of Tallinn, with its cobblestone alleys and historic churches, is UNESCO World Heritage listed. In the north of the most northerly of the Baltic States, winters in Tallinn are harsh.


Pärnu is the largest town on the west coast of Estonia. Located between Tallinn and Latvian Riga, Pärnu's popularity is growing fast. There are beautiful beaches in the area. The soil here is calcareous and fertile.

The Estonian property market crashed dramatically in 2009.

Tallinn, Estonia

Windmill house, Estonia