Facts about Estonia
- European Union membership: since 2004
- Official language: Estonian, with English widely spoken
- Currency: Euro € (check conversion rates)
- Time zone: GMT +3 in summer
- Country dialling code: 00372 or +372
- Emergency number: 112
- Plug socket: type F, with voltage of 230V and frequency of 50Hz
Weather and climate
Weather in Estonia is very seasonal. The average summer temperature is fairly mild, varying between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius, but can reach up to 30 degrees Celsius. Summer in Estonia tends to be very light, with 19 hours of daylight known locally as the "white nights". Spring and autumn see frequent light rain so an umbrella and a waterproof jacket might be useful. Weather forecast in Estonia is available at weather.ee.
Estonia is a safe country with low crime rates. In busy urban areas, as in any country, you should look after your belongings and be aware of pick-pocket thieves.
It is advisable to purchase travel insurance before a trip. Residents of Europe should check if their health care provider has a contract with the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. If so, you should also obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving. The EHIC isn't a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment on the same terms as Estonian nationals.