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                                         by Graham Rhind

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Estonia

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ESTONIA
ESTONIA

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Estonia - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

372

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

EST

Internet country code

EE

GRC Country Code

EST

Estonia - Number format

   1 234.45

(where . indicates the decimal separator and a space the thousands separator)

Estonia - Date formats

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   dd/mm/yyyy
   dd.mm.yyyy

Estonia - Languages

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The official language, Estonian External, is spoken by about 62% of the population. Russian is spoken by 30% and Ukrainian by 1.4%. Belorussian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Chuvash, Tatar and Romani are also spoken. Swedish is spoken by a few hundred people on the islands of Vormsi, Osmussaar, Pakri, Naissaar and Ruhnu, and on the Noarootsi Peninsula. Võro-Seto (in two dialects) is spoken is spoken in the south-east of the country, on the border with Russia.

Estonia - Personal names

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Personal names tend to follow the pattern given name(s)[ ]family name.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Estonia - Company legal forms

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The following company types may be found in Estonian data:

   A.S. (Aktsiaselts – joint stock company)
   FIE (Füüsilisest isikust ettevõtja - Sole Proprietorship)
   MTÜ (Mittetulundusühing - non-profit organization)
    (Osaühing – private limited liability company)
   RAS (Riiklik Aktsiaselts – state-owned joint stock company)
    (Täisühing - General Partnership)
   Tulundusühistu - Commercial association
    (Usaldusühing - Limited Partnership)

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Estonia - Address format

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Addresses are formatted as follows:

   Name
   Thoroughfare[ ]number
   POSTAL CODE[ ]SETTLEMENT

For example:

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A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

(Sub-)building & Thoroughfare types

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Common Estonian thoroughfare types and other address strings include:

   Esplanaadi (Esplanade)
   Küla (Village)
   Maja (House)
   Plats (Square)
   Tee (Avenue)

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Estonia - Postal codes

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The postal code (Sihtnumber) system in Estonia changed in January 1999. Codes are now composed of a block of 5 digits, commencing with any number between 1 and 9. This replaces the system inherited from the period that Estonia was part of the Soviet Union. A code in the new system can cover a village or a street or range of houses in the larger settlements.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Estonia - Postal code format graphic

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Estonia - Postal code format

Estonia - Postal code specifics

Estonia - Postal code regular expression

\A([1-9][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9])\Z

Estonia - Postal code level of coverage

3

Place names in Estonia

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Refer to Exonyms in Estonia for full lists of place names in Estonia in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http:www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External

Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Estonia - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

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Estonia has 15 counties External (maakonnad, singular - maakond). They are not used in addresses but can be recognized if encountered as their names all end in the string -maa. They are (with their administrative capitals in brackets):

    Harjumaa (Tallinn) External
    Hiiumaa (Kardla) External
    Ida-Virumaa (Johvi) External
    Järvamaa (Paide) External
    Jõgevamaa (Jogeva) External
    Läänemaa (Haapsalu) External
    Lääne-Virumaa (Rakvere) External
    Pärnumaa (Parnu) External
    Põlvamaa (Polva) External
    Raplamaa (Rapla) External
    Saaremaa (Kuessaare) External
    Tartumaa (Tartu) External
    Valgamaa (Valga) External
    Viljandimaa (Viljandi) External
    Võrumaa (Voru) External

Telephone numbers in Estonia

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Estonian telephone numbers have no area codes. All geographic subscriber numbers have 7 digits, mobile numbers have 8 digits. Mobile numbers start with 5 or 81-82.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External


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