REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA.
The capital: Tallinn
National bird: Barn swallow
National flower: Cornflower
National stone: Limestone
National fish:Baltic herring
Our flag colours: blue- sky, black- ground, white- hope
Estonia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is borded to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia and to the east by Lake Peipsi and Russia.
The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 island and islets in the Baltic Sea, covering 45, 339 km2 of land.
Estonia is divided into 15 counties, with its capital an largest city being Tallinn.
With a population of 1,3 million, it is one of the least- populous member states of EU.
Historically, the cuisine of Estonia has been heavily dependent on seasons and simple peasant food, which today is influenced by many countries. Today, it includes many typical international foods.The most typical foods in Estonia are black bread, pork, potatoes, and dairy products.
Traditionally in summer and spring, Estonians like to eat everything fresh – berries, herbs, vegetables, and everything else that comes straight from the garden. Hunting and fishing have also been very common, although currently hunting and fishing are enjoyed mostly as hobbies. Today, it is also very popular to grill outside in summer.
Traditionally in winter, jams, preserves, and pickles are brought to the table. Gathering and conserving fruits, mushrooms, and vegetables for winter has always been popular, but today gathering and conserving is becoming less common because everything can be bought from stores. However, preparing food for winter is still very popular in the countryside.