Living in Estonia
By Betsy Burlingame
Last updated on Feb 10, 2022
Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Estonia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living 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,"
remarked another expat in Tallinn.
How do I meet people in Estonia?
Living in Estonia Guide
Estonia has a lower cost of living, welcoming locals and rich traditions. As of August 1, 2020, they're also making it easier for global nomads to spend up to a year working remotely from Estonia.
Join our Estonia forum to meet other expats and talk about living in Estonia.
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Estonia.
Healthcare in Estonia
Medical care in Estonia is not up to Western standards, but is best in Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu. Our Estonia Healthcare Guide covers health insurance, finding an English-speaking doctor, best hospitals and more.
Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa
Launched on August 1, 2020, Estonia's digital nomad visa allows people to live and work remotely in Estonia for up to 12 months. You'll need to apply at your Estonian Embassy or Consulate and the process takes 15-30 days.