Estonians are hard-working people. From the past they are used to that if you want something you must work for it. Although an average Estonian does not want very much, he wants a beautiful home, good friends and loving family.

Russian is by far the most spoken minority language in the country. There are towns in Estonia with large concentration of Russian-language community and there are towns where Estonian-language speakers are in minority. The official language of Estonia is Estonian, a Uralic language which is related to Finnish but unrelated to nearby Russian and Latvian which are of Indo-European root.

Estonia is one of the least religious countries in world, with only 14% of the population declaring religion an important part of their daily life. Among the religious population there are followers of 90 affiliations, Orthodox Christians and Lutheran Christians are the most prevalent.

Handshaking is customary. Normal courtesies should be observed. Estonians are proud of their culture and their national heritage, and visitors should take care to respect this sense of national identity.

Fish features on many Estonian menus, with a specialty being smoked fish, especially trout(suitsukala). Other typical foods include blood sausages(verivorst) and sauerkraut, which is served in most traditional Estonian restaurants. Black rye bread accompanies most meals. Hors d'oeuvres are very good and often the best part of the meal. Local specialties include sult(jellied veal), taidetud vasikarind(roast stuffed shoulder of veal) and rosolje(vinaigrette with herring and beets). Braised goose stuffed with apples and plums is also a Baltic specialty. The Estonian restaurant scene is now amazingly diverse, especially in Tallinn. Produced in Estonia is the sweet liqueur Vana. It is very strong and is best served in coffee, over ice with milk, or, if you feel up to it, in a champagne cocktail called Hammer and Sickle. Some cafes and bars serve tasty, warming hoogvein (mulled wine). Estonian vodka (Viru Valge brand) is very fiery! Saku Originaal is the best brand of national beer.

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