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Estoniaâ's environment is particularly burdened by the aftereffects of pollution and environmental degradation from the Soviet era.1 In particular, air pollution and uranium pollution continue to produce negative effects on the countryâ's landscape.2

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1http://www.photius.com/countries/estonia/geography/estonia_geography_environmental_issues.html
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Estonia News

Forbes 
In the recent INSEAD/WIPO Global Innovation Index, Estonia was a very creditable 25th in the league table. The nation performed particularly strongly across digital metrics, whether in terms of the ICT education of its citizens or the sophistication of ... See more..
Engadget 
Rather than trust a foreign country with its data, Estonia has essentially signed a deal to declare a server room in Luxembourg as Estonian soil. As a consequence, the same rights and protections afforded in the country proper should extend to the ... See more..
The West Australian 
The four-time Australian Junior Motocross Champion is heading to Estonia next month to represent Australia in the World Junior Motocross Championship in the 65 cc category. The Eglinton schoolboy started riding when he was five after watching his ... See more..
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EURACTIV 
Ministers representing the incoming Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies of the Council of the EU outlined on Tuesday (20 June) their priorities, which seem to differ substantially. Since 2008, the countries holding the rotating presidencies ... See more..
e27 
People in Estonia vote online, sign government documents with their cell phones, and store their health records on the blockchain. See more..
European Western Balkans (press release) 
BELGRADE - “Estonia is a fervent advocate of the enlargement policy and if Serbia does its homework and meets the criteria, we will continue to open chapters,” Estonian Ambassador to Serbia Erik Schaer said. Representative of the Maltese Presidency of ... See more..
Estonian World (press release) (blog) 
Estonia's pilot project – the world's first data embassy – could set an example for the rest of the world, and now the country is preparing to launch its first such site ... See more..
Engadget 
Starship Technologies' delivery bots have been dropping off lunches in Europe and the US with increasing regularity, and governments are slowly warming to ... See more..
The Epoch Times 
“The song tradition is natural for us like the sauna is for the Fins, and the American football is for the Americans,” said Sten Weidebaum, communication manager of the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration Foundation, as he sat in his office in Estonia ... See more..
RT 
The world's first ever data embassy is set for launch next year after the Estonian government signed a deal with Luxembourg. Estonia is planning to keep backup ... See more..
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Geography

Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, between Latvia and Russia
Area

Total 45,228 sq km
Land 42,388 sq km
Water 2,840 sq km

***NOTE*** includes 1,520 islands in the Baltic Sea
Climate

maritime; wet, moderate winters, cool summers
Natural Resources

oil shale, peat, rare earth elements, phosphorite, clay, limestone, sand, dolomite, arable land, sea mud ;
Natural Hazards

sometimes flooding occurs in the spring
Current Environmental Issues

air polluted with sulfur dioxide from oil-shale burning power plants in northeast; however, the amount of pollutants emitted to the air have fallen steadily, the emissions of 2000 were 80% less than in 1980; the amount of unpurified wastewater discharged to water bodies in 2000 was 1/20 the level of 1980; in connection with the start-up of new water purification plants, the pollution load of wastewater decreased; Estonia has more than 1,400 natural and manmade lakes, the smaller of which in agricultural areas need to be monitored; coastal seawater is polluted in certain locations

Demographics

Nationality
Estonian
Population
1,266,375 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Estonia, a member of the European Union and the eurozone since 2004, has a modern market-based economy and one of the higher per capita income levels in Central Europe and the Baltic region. Estonia's successive governments have pursued a free market, pro-business economic agenda and have wavered little in their commitment to pro-market reforms. The current government has followed sound fiscal policies that have resulted in balanced budgets and low public debt. The economy benefits from strong electronics and telecommunications sectors and strong trade ties with Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Germany. Tallinn's priority has been to sustain high growth rates ...See More - on average 8% per year from 2003 to 2007. Estonia's economy fell into recession in mid-2008 with GDP contracting 14.3% in 2009, as a result of an investment and consumption slump following the bursting of the real estate market bubble and a decrease in export demand as result of economic slowdown in the rest of Europe. Estonia rebounded nearly 8% in 2011 and the Estonian economy now has one of the higher GDP growth rates in Europe. Estonia adopted the euro on 1 January 2011. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$29.57 billion (2012 est.); $28.64 billion (2011 est.); $26.45 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

24.1% of GDP (2012 est.); 26.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 23.1% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grain, potatoes, vegetables; livestock and dairy products; fish
Industries

engineering, electronics, wood and wood products, textiles; information technology, telecommunications