Harjumaa Local Customs

  • Old Town Days festival in Tallinn
    Old Town Days festival in Tallinn
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  • Old Town Days festival in Tallinn
    Old Town Days festival in Tallinn
    by Ekaterinburg
  • Lionel Shriver at HeadRead, Tallinn
    Lionel Shriver at HeadRead, Tallinn
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Harjumaa Local Customs

  • Food & Drink

    Tallinn Local Customs

    Estonian Food My Estonian girlfriend doesn't like spicy food, not even food with garlic or onion. This is just the way Estonians take there food: plain, but hearty. Typical dishes involve lots of meat, typically meat and two vegetables. But being a coastal country, with a harbour capital, fish is also popular, and the tiny Sprat in particular....

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  • Festivals

    Tallinn Local Customs

    Our trip to Tallinn coincided with the Old Town Days festival, one of the city's most popular events, held annually on the last week of May. For visitors and locals this means free entertainment in the streets every afternoon and evening plus a huge buzz of excitement and festivity. It's a pleasure to walk round Tallinn's Old Town at any time but...

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  • Signs & Flags

    Tallinn Local Customs

    I know that run the risk of provoking the ire of all patriotic Estonians, but despite its noble history and powerful symbolism, I think that the Estonian flag is a strong contender for the dullest flag in the world. What is puzzling is that the flag's origins and symbolism are fascinating, and World Flags 101 offers the following excellent...

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  • Alcohol

    Tallinn Local Customs

    Estonian beer proved to be really good, even from the point of taste of a spoilt German tongue. I learned that the Purity Law we Germans are so proud of (beer may contain hop, malt, water and yeast, and no other ingredients) is also valid in Estonia. The two biggest brands are Saku and A. Le Coq. The standard beer is a light, not too bitter...

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  • Language

    Tallinn Local Customs

    Estonian is one of the smallest languages in Europe, with only around a million speakers. It isn't even dominant within its own borders, with a large minority of ethnic Russians who often don't, or won't, speak Estonian. It's also not an easy language to learn, being a member of the Uralic language group that includes Hungarian and Finnish, and not...

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  • Traffic/Police

    Tallinn Local Customs

    I was hugely impressed (and not a little amused) by the gentlemen who were in charge of organising traffic when the lights failed, or when there were roadworks (and there is an awful lot of building going on in Tallinn). They weren't police, wore fluorescent green vests and waved a baton around. Frantically. At the same time, they repeatedly blew...

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  • Kroon

    Tallinn Local Customs

    Beneath that conventional reserved exterior, Estonia quietly marches to its own drummer, and has a particular talent for putting its own quietly unique spin on things. Even in their (now former) currency, they expressed their national individuality by issuing a bank note in a denomination of 25 krooni - something I don't recall ever seeing...

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  • Tallinn Card

    Tallinn Local Customs

    This is the cheapest way to see the city if you plan to visit a few museums and landmarks. Depending on the type of card you purchase you will also be able to jump on a city sightseeing tour, use public transport and obtain freebies- a copy of Tallinn In your Pocket (an incredibly informative publication) and a selection of Tallinn postcards. You...

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