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Retire in Estonia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Estonia. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Estonia?

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How do I meet people in Estonia?

If you live in Estonia, newcomers to Estonia would love to hear your answer to this question.

If your answer relates to a specific city or town in Estonia, please include the name of the city/town below:


When we asked people living in Estonia about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"British Chamber of Commerce American and Canadian Chambers of Commerce. Get a hold of This Week in Tallinn )a bimonthly puiblication) and Baltic Times weekly newspaper to find names of clubs and churches that might be of interest," explained one retiree living in Tallinn.

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What is life like in Estonia?

When we asked people living in Estonia what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Life here is family oriented up to a point, but many marriages are broken. Young people go out frequently to bars and clubs where English is generally well spoken. Foreigners are received in a friendly and welcome manner. In fact, they are plesantly surprised to see you here. Do not be shy about opening conversations," said another retiree in living in Tallinn, Estonia.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Estonia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Estonia, they said:

"Come here first and meet the people, and see how you like it. For winter, bring heaps of extremely warm clothes. Culturally it is a dream, with the concert hall and opera house performing 9 mos of the year, and best seats at only 11 dollars. Dining out at fine restaurants is no bargain. Bring Seasoning Salt in abundance, and boxes of seasoned stuffing if you like roast chook )or you'll have to make your own). MORE cigarettes also canä' be found here. You can join the Academic Library and check out books in English and many other languages," said another retiree in living in Tallinn, Estonia.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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