Estonia, a country in Northern Europe, borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Including more than 1,500 islands, its diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, old-growth forest and many lakes. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, it’s dotted with castles, churches and hilltop fortresses.
Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, is the country’s cultural hub. It retains its walled, cobblestoned Old Town, home to cafes and shops, as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower.
Official language: Estonian
Nick name: Mary’s Land
Souvenir: wooden craft, like small statuettes or beer glasses
Traditional Sweet Dish: Vastlakukkel – a delicious pastry made out of a wheat bun and whipped cream