Eastern European Bloc

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Estonia
I. Introduction:
Estonia is a Nordic country which means that the nature is untapped, unharmed and in pure state. This mercilessly harsh weather along with the wonderful white nights and dark days creates a mesmerizing appeal to the senses. Because of such extreme weather a very high level of discipline and commitment is required by the folks to even have an existence – which results in clear shapes, quality in sharp thinking and pin point decision making, as well as a clear thought process for the future. a. History

The land has been inhabited for thousands of years. This gives this country a unique stature in not Europe but also all across the globe. The people here have been daunted by various wars and foreign domination but still they have managed to retain and withstand their position here. This provides them with a significant historical background that is unique in the world. There is heroic romance in their rootedness. It also gives them their unique language and traditions. Estonia has been under the rule of Danish from 13th to 14th century and then from 15th to 17th it was under Swedish rule and the Russian from 18th to the early 20th. The origin of the people of Estonia was from the east, and thereafter many people have come there from the east. Thus their nature has been highly influenced by the eastern culture and heritage. Their hospitality is quite similar in approach to that of the eastern world. Similarly the education system is also mostly in aligned with the east. b. Evolution

Logistically, the country is located in a complex and strategically placed position forming the bridge between both the worlds. The country straddles the sea, land, forest and various cultures. Hence throughout the existence, the people have had to adapt to different influences and restrictions. Hence these people are adapters. Today their e- and m-thinking is a good example of their adaptability, prowess and resilience. With such extreme conditions at their back, the people adjusted themselves to do things in most efficient manner effectively within least possible time. c. Blend of extremes

The country is a blend of ancient history and high-tech development, eastern hospitality and conservativeness of the northern states, a liberal economic mindset and serene nature. It is amazing how a people with a strong inner angst can acquire new skills so easily, or how odd a tradition is for an introverted Nordic people to form huge choirs every once in a while and sing together. (Source: http://www.investinestonia.com/en/about-estonia/estonian-character) II. Demography:

Estonia officially the Republic of Estonia is a state in the Baltic region of Europe. It is surrounded to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and the Russian Federation (338.6 km). Across the Baltic Sea lies Sweden in the west and Finland in the north. The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. The Estonians are Finnish people, and the official language, Estonian, is a Finno-Ugric language closely related to Finnish and also related to Hungarian. Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic divided into 15 counties. The capital and largest city is Tallinn. With a population of 1.29 million, it is one of the least-populous members of the European Union, Euro zone and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Estonia has the highest gross domestic product per person among the former Soviet republics. It is listed as a "high-income economy" by the World Bank, is identified as an "advanced economy" by the International Monetary Fund, and is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The United Nations classifies Estonia as a developed country with a very high Human Development Index, and the country ranks highly in measures of press freedom (3rd in the World in 2012), economic...
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