Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, combines the comforts of modern world, versatile nightlife, rich cultural scenes and a touch of history. It is located on the northern coast of Estonia, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. With population of about 450,000, Tallinn is a vibrant small city that offers something for everyone.
Tallinn has a strong IT scene – it has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world – and great IT inventions such as Skype have been created there by Estonian start-ups.
Tallinn is also an internationally renowned tourist destination – 1.5 million people from around the world visit Tallinn every year. Tallinn’s Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its idyllic cobblestone streets and small cafes and boutiques are very popular among tourists.
“Tallinn is a small city, so it is easy to get around without wasting time on transportation. And it is a great place to live: very safe, has everything you need and the advanced digital solutions make life easy.”
Cost of Living
Cost of living in Estonia is a lot lower than the cost of living in northern countries.
“Salary levels in Sweden and Finland compared to the salary in Estonia might look different in numbers, but from personal experience I can say that because living here is so much cheaper, there really isn’t a big difference – We have a good job; we can afford everything.”
In Tallinn you can continue the hobbies you had in your home country, or find new hobbies. Your lifestyle doesn’t need to change, unless you want it to. Opportunities are endless.
Your employer supports sports activities up to a certain amount per month for every employee. It doesn’t matter what kind of activity, you can choose on your own.
There is an IT company league for volleyball in Tallinn and the Tieto IT team has won gold medal two years in a row. So if you enjoy volleyball, you have a chance to join the best players in IT in Estonia.
If sports isn’t your thing, there is plenty of culture and other hobbies to choose from.
Estonians are active at visiting cultural events such as concerts, theater and exhibitions, and therefore there are a lot of these available. Take a look at cultural events offered in Tallinn here.
When you move to Tallinn to work, you won’t be alone. Tallinn is a very popular destination to relocate to and has a striving expat community. In addition to the other expats you get to know in the office, you can connect with other expats and receive support and tips for creating a life in Tallinn on: Internations.org.
And it’s not only the foreigners who have moved to Tallinn from other countries who are there to make your stay pleasant – Estonians are worth getting to know too. Current employees say that what makes people stay in Tallinn and Estonia are people.
The language is not going to be a problem either, since almost everybody speaks English. So you don’t need to learn Estonian to go to the shops or make new friends, but of course living in Estonia is a great chance to pick up a new language.
Close to home
Though you are working in a foreign country, you are never far away from home. Skype and other digital solutions make it easy to stay in touch, and your friends and family are always just a short trip away, if you want to visit home.
”I don’t feel far from home, it is just a few hours with the boat or an hour flight away.”
You can travel from Tallinn:
- to Helsinki in 2 – 3 hours on a ferry or
- to Stockholm in 1 – 2 hours by plane
- to Oslo in 1,5 – 2,5 hours by plane
- to Copenhagen in 1,5 – 3 hours by plane