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BITS OF CULTURE - Estonia
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
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Official language:
Estonian

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Cultural Values
  • When being introduced to people, handshaking is customary and giving flowers is always welcome, especially when visiting somebody.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Smoked fish, especially trout (suitsukala) is an Estonian specialty.
  • At Christmas time, sausages are prepared from fresh blood and wrapped in pig's intestine. Blood sausages (verevorst) and blood pancakes (vere pannkoogid) are served in most traditional Estonian restaurants.

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Interesting Facts
  • Estonians have one of the biggest collections of folk songs in the world, with written records of about 133,000 folk songs.
  • The length of the longest day in summer is over 19 hours, while the shortest winter day lasts only six hours. It is not completely dark at night from the beginning of May until the end of July.
  • There are more than 1,500 islands, 1,000 lakes (5 per cent of the Estonian territory), 7,000 rivers and streams in Estonia, bogs and wooded swamplands of different types cover over one fifth of the country.


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