- a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic, S of the Gulf of Finland: an independent republic 1918–40; annexed by the Soviet Union 1940; regained independence 1991. 17,413 sq. mi. (45,100 sq. km). Capital: Tallinn.
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Examples from the Web for estonia
In the years following World War II, Estonia sank into the shadows of the U.S.S.R., struggling with a failing tourism industry.
With the Iron Curtain solidly drawn around it, Estonia was struggling to make tourism ends meet in the decades after World War II.
In Estonia, Prince Harry will thank the Estonian Defence Forces for their support of British troops in Afghanistan.
Harry will visit Estonia and Italy in May, followed by a visit to Brazil and Chile in June.
He earned his stripes as a Cold Warrior when he was the head of the Estonia desk at Radio Free Europe.Russia May Threaten the Baltics but Estonia Knows How to Fight Back
March 26, 2014
Between the two world wars, Estonia gave personal autonomy to its Jews and Russians.After the Rain
On the continent is written “Kareli infideles,” “Estonia,” “Liuonia,” etc.In Northern Mists (Volume 2 of 2)
I heard of him being from Estonia, which was mistaken and happened to be a Russian.
I don't know—he's from Estonia or something, you know, De Mohrenschildt.
Esthonia (ɛˈstəʊnɪə, ɛˈsθəʊ-)
- a republic in NE Europe, on the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic: low-lying with many lakes and forests, it includes numerous islands in the Baltic Sea. It was under Scandinavian and Teutonic rule from the 13th century to 1721, when it passed to Russia: it was an independent republic from 1920 to 1940, when it was annexed by the Soviet Union; became independent in 1991 and joined the EU in 2004. Official language: Estonian. Religion: believers are mostly Christian. Currency: kroon. Capital: Tallinn. Pop: 1 266 375 (2013 est). Area: 45 227 sq km (17 462 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for estonia
often said to be from a Germanic source akin to east, but perhaps rather from a native name meaning "waterside dwellers."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Although more closely related by race, language, culture, and history to Scandinavia and Germany than to Russia, after 1721 Estonia was subject to Russian rule. The country briefly achieved independence in the years between World War I and World War II. It resisted integration with the Soviet Union but was forcibly annexed in 1940. In 1991, Estonia was one of the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence as the communist system and the Soviet Union collapsed.
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