Tallinn is the capital city of the Republic of Estonia. It is located on the Gulf of Finland, in the county of Harju, along the Northern coast. The city became the capital of Estonia on February 2, 1920, when Soviet Russia signed the Tartu Peace Treaty acknowledging the country’s independence. The port city’s strategic location gained it a lot of attention, and it developed significantly especially as a member of the Hanseatic League from the 13th Century up to the 16th Century.
Tallinn is the most populous city in the country with more than 436,000 people. The city is constantly growing. In the year 2006, the city gained an additional 3,000 people. Much of the migration to the city has been due to the potential of better salaries, free public transport, and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The metropolitan area of the city has a population of about 550,000.
With its medieval architecture and very rich history, the city has a lot to see and do. One of the major tourist attractions is Tallinn’s Old town which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town has been preserved remarkably, as much of the medieval architecture dates back as early as the 13th Century. Other places to visit are the Patkuli Viewing platform which offers one of the best viewing platforms in the city and the Estonia History Museum that covers over 11,000 years of Estonia’s history.
Tallinn’s climate is classified as warm-summer continental climate with warm, mild summers, and relatively mild winters due to its proximity to the coast. On average, the warmest month is July and the coolest month is February. The city sees the most precipitation in August. February has on average the least amount of precipitation. It rains in Tallinn an average of 126 days per year.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018
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