Estonian is a Finnic language within the Uralic language family. It is closely related to Finnish, Karelian and to the near extinct Livonian language and remotely related to Hungarian and the Sami languages. It is the official language of Estonia, where it is spoken by about 1 million people as a native language. With our team of experienced, bilingual
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Just like Latvian, Estonian has also been influenced by German during the Middle Ages (the “Baltic Germans” had settled in Livonia, which covered the territories of nowadays Estonia and Latvia). During the Soviet occupation, the pressure to learn Russian intensified for Estonians. After Estonia gained its independence, Estonian became the only official language and its use has been promoted.
Although Estonia is a small country, Estonian has many dialects, which are divided into two main groups: the northern dialects around the city of Tallinn and the southern dialects around the city of Tartu. The northeastern coast of Estonia has a distinct dialect, which does not fall into any of the two main groups. Standard Estonian has derived from the central dialect within the northern group.
Estonian uses the Latin script with the addition of diacritics.
The ISO language code for Estonian is et.
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