First settled over 5,000 years ago making it one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals, Tallinn is the capital city for the Republic of Estonia–one of three Baltic states besides Lithuania and Latvia. Estonia became a European Union member on May 1, 2004.
Tallinn is noted for its importance as a seaport and its developing information technology sector.
Estonia exported an estimated US$14.5 billion worth of products around the globe in 2017. Estonia’s most valuable exports are mobile phones, processed petroleum, prefabricated buildings, cars and wood.
Capital Facts for Tallinn, Estonia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Estonian History Museum, Dominican St. Catherine’s Monastery, Kumu Art Museum, Alexander Nevksy Cathedral, Oleviste Church, Tallinn TV Tower, Kadriorg Palace and the Town Wall
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Tallinn, Estonia:
- Carmen Kass, supermodel (born Sep. 14, 1978)
- Johann Urb, actor & model (born Jan. 24, 1977)
- Mart Poom, soccer goaltender/footballer (born Feb. 3, 1972)
- Ott Sepp, actor (born Jun. 29, 1982)
- Mihkel Raud, singer-songwriter & DJ (born Jan. 18, 1969)
- Kalle Lasn, writer & filmmaker (born Mar. 24, 1942)
- Stig Rasta, rock singer (born Feb. 24, 1980)
- Getter Jaani, pop singer (born Feb. 3, 1993)
- Indrek Pertelson, Olympic judo medalist (born Apr. 21, 1971)
- Tõnu Kaljuste, music professor & conductor (born Aug. 28, 1953)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Tallinn: Tallinner
Population: 444,085 (Tallinn)
Density: 7,227 people per square mile (2,790 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,258,545 (Estonia)
Density: 77 people per square mile (30 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$38.7 billion in 2016 (for Estonia, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $29,500
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Tallinn were unavailable.
Official currency used in Tallinn: euro
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 16, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 16, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 2, 2017
Official Government Website, Tallinn. Accessed on January 16, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Estonia, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Estonia. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Tallinn. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Tallinn’s built-up urban land area measures 61.5 square miles (159.2 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 444,085 at December 1, 2016.
Nationally, Estonia’s population count was 1.3 million residents living over 16,366 square miles (42,388 square kilometers) as of July 2016.
Population density is nearly 100 times higher within Estonia’s capital city Tallinn with an average 7,200 Tallinners per square mile (2,800 per square kilometer).
Inside national borders, population density drops to an average 77 residents per square mile (30 per square kilometer) for Estonia overall.
Estonia declared its independence from the Soviet Union on February 24, 1918. Fittingly named Estonia’s Independence Day, each February 24 is celebrated as a national holiday.