Estonia

Estonia

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Area: (about twice the size of New Jersey) total: 45,228 sq km (17,463 sq miles), land: 42,388 sq km (16,366 sq miles), water: 2,840 sq km (1,097 sq miles), note: includes 1,520 islands in the Baltic Sea

Population: 1,258,545 (July 2016 est.)

Population growth rate: -0.54% (2016 est.)

Capital City: Tallinn

Independence Day: 20 August 1991 (declared); 6 September 1991 (recognized by the Soviet Union)

Ethnic Groups: Estonian 68.7%, Russian 24.8%, Ukrainian 1.7%, Belarusian 1%, Finn 0.6%, other 1.6%, unspecified 1.6%

Languages: Estonian (official) 68.5%, Russian 29.6%, Ukrainian 0.6%, other 1.2%, unspecified 0.1%

Life Expectancy at Birth: total population: 76.7 years / male: 71.9 years / female: 81.7 years (2016 est.)

Religious Groups:

  • none 54.1%
  • Orthodox 16.2%
  • Lutheran 9.9%
  • other Christian (including Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal) 2.2%
  • other 0.9%
  • unspecified 16.7%

After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 – an action never recognized by the US – it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.

(SOURCE: The CIA Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.)

1991 Singing Revolution

EEMN Serving in Estonia
Language Camp particip in Tartu Aug 2015

2015 Language Camp Participants – Tartu, Estonia

The first Adult Friendship English Language Camp at Tartu Academy of Theology (TAT), Tartu, Estonia, was held in 2006. Karen Nordvall was the catalyst. She remained ever faithful and passionate in prayer for Estonia and for the teams that followed until she went to be with Jesus in September 2013. We joyfully celebrate over a decade of witnessing God’s grace in the partnership with TAT. Exciting developments continue to happen, every year!
Rector of the Seminary Ove Sander, Dean of TAT Siimon Haamer, Bo

Seminary Rector Pr. Ove Sander, TAT Dean Siimon Haamer, & EEMN Staff Member Pr. Bob Nordvall

 

EEMN continues to make significant strides in reaching the Estonian people with the Gospel. Through the leadership of EEMN National Field Coordinator, Pr. Bob Nordvall and his wife, Patti, every August the Nordvalls lead volunteer team members in hosting EEMN English Bible Camps in the communities of Kuressaare and Tartu, Estonia. EEMN is also working in full cooperation and support of Tartu Academy of Theology (TAT) and the Estonian Lutheran Theological Institute in equipping ministry leaders to serve in the unique contexts of their communities and in training pastors to serve throughout Estonia.

 

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Pr. Siimon Haamer, Dean – TAT, writes:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I express my sincere gratitude and thanks for your prayer support, partnership, and investment in the ministries of Tartu Academy of Theology in Estonia. We are thankful to God for His blessing. During 2016 we saw very good developments:
  • We completed the institutional accreditation process. International experts visited our school and we received full accreditation. We are now approved on the same level as all European universities.
  • In June, we had one of the largest graduations classes, 17 students.
  • In August, we admitted the largest number of new students, 36.
All these developments give us great conviction that we have an important role to play in Estonia to help change the future of a nation regarded as one of the most secular in the world.
Our work is not done. 80 years ago, approximately 90% of Estonians were members of the Lutheran church. Today only 2.2% are and that’s the biggest church in Estonia. Something needs to change it. What would God have us do? We are thankful to God for being part of His miracles and prayerfully ask His direction for future plans.

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