What is Estonia like?

‘In every port in the world at least one Estonian can be found’ – Ernest Hemingway

Estonia has a population of 1.4 million people inhabiting the 45,000 sq. km territory on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Its low population density leaves ample space for wilderness forests, wetlands, reedy coastal areas rich in nesting birds, and picturesque small islands. Estonia is one of the most dynamic countries amongst the new member states of the European Union. It is well know both for its innovative drive and cosy living environment as well as the notable sense of humor of its inhabitants. The country is located on the far eastern corner of the Baltic Sea between Finland, Russia and Latvia.

What is the present state of the work?

Currently there is no InterAction work in Estonia. The national IFES movement EEÜÜ was founded in 1991 and became a member of the IFES family in 1999. Estonia was the first ex-USSR country to develop its own national student movement. Now the Eesti Evangeelsete Üliõpilaste Ühendus (EEÜÜ) has student groups at five universities in two cities, Tartu and Tallinn, the capital. In 2001 the EEÜÜ group in Tallinn decided to try to start new groups in the city’s other universities. They have established two groups; students at the Academy of Music meet weekly in the public cafeteria.

The 80 students that are involved in EEÜÜ seek to share the gospel through personal contacts and small group Bible studies. But it is a huge task; there are 50,000 students. Often Christian students understand the need to share the gospel, but they find it hard. One of the biggest problems is that staff usually change every two or three years, just as they start to understand the vision of the work. EEÜÜ needs more staff to help the work grow.

IFES InterAction aims to serve and support EEÜÜ by sending graduates and students who are committed to share their life and faith with students and who are enthusiastic about the work God is doing in the student world. Tallinn, the capital

What about accommodation, living costs, courses, jobs?

The cost of living in Estonia is generally lower than in Western European countries like the United Kingdom. Your supervisor and/or national EEÜÜ staff will be able to help you finding accommodation.

What special requirements are there for joining one of the InterAction Teams in Estonia?

Visa - for information about Visa requirements click here

Language - Estonian is notoriously difficult, thanks in no small part to its 14 case ending. English is overtaking Russian as the most widely spoken second language, so the linguistically challenged can virtually always get by with English alone. There are several ways to learn Estonian and the national EEÜÜ staff will advise and help you with this.


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Student Population





14% Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church

13% Orthodox

0.5% Baptist

0.5% Roman Catholic

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