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Raigo Pajula, Visit Estonia

Estonia celebrates the restoration of independence

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On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state.

In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian politicians declared the nation’s independence – even as Soviet tanks were rolling through the countryside to quell the independence movement and the Soviet paratroopers were taking charge of the Tallinn TV Tower, preparing to cut off communication channels.

The fate of Estonia was on peril. Yet, most Estonian politicians and the greater part of the public showed great resolve in the face of this danger.


Statistics Estonia released a few interesting facts since Estonia restored its independence:

  • 33.4% of the population (455,877 people) are younger than re-independent Estonia.
  • The most children in re-independent Estonia were born in 1991 (a total of 19,413).
  • In the 32 years since re-independence the most common boys name has been Martin (3461) and the most common girls name has been Anna (3227)



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