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Credits: Ilya Orehov
Capital: Tallin
Population: 1,330,068
Language(s): Estonian
Currency: Euro (€/EUR)
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Learn how to participate in national and European Parliament elections while studying abroad as a citizen from Estonia. Check out the table below for document requirements, registration procedures, and useful links.

  • Voting is not mandatory
  • Minimum age required to vote: 18

How can I vote from abroad?

by proxy

This voting mode is not available.


This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:
    • an ID-card with a reader or a mobile-ID.

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

by post

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:

    A written application to the Estonian foreign mission with a copy of an identity document enclosed. It has to be sumbitted at the latest 30 days before the election day.
    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

from the embassy

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:
    • valid identity document (for citizens temorarily residing in a foreign state)
    • personal identification code on a document that certifies the right to vote (for citizens permanently residing in a foreign state) 

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

European Parliament elections

National & European elections abroad are organised by foreign missions of Estonia. It is possible to vote by post, at foreign missions on specified days and electronically. Both the Estonian citizens permanently residing in the foreign State and the citizens temporarily staying there have the opportunity to vote. 

  • Upfront registration required
  • Registration deadline:
  • Minimum age required to vote in the EU elections: 18

Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 250€/month
a meal 9€
a cappuccino 2.67€

These are average costs of living for Estonia. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 23 38.18

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


The is the European platform about inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies, and ministries for education to international students. In its current version, the platform aims to provide to students with disabilities all the information they need to study abroad.

Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 29 0.892
World Press Freedom Index 15 15.25

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN TalTech IC
  • ESN Tallinn
  • ESN Tartu

Higher education institutions

  • Eesti Kunstiakadeemia (Tallinn)
  • Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia (Tallinn)
  • Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (Tallinn)
  • Tallinn University (Tallinn)
  • Tallinna Tehnikakorgkool (Tallinn)
  • Sisekaitseakadeemia (Tallinn)
  • Tallinna Tervishoiu Kõrgkool (Tallinn)
  • Eesti Ettevõtluskõrgkool Mainor (Tallinn)
  • Eesti Evangeelne Luterlik Kirik (Tallinn)
  • Eesti Metodisti Kirik (Tallinn)
  • Sihtasutus Estonian Business School (Harju Maakond Tallinn)
  • Eesti Maaulikool (Tartu)
  • Kõrgem Kunstikool Pallas (Tartu)
  • Tartu Tervishoiu Korgkool (Tartu)
  • Eesti Evangeeliumi Kristlaste ja Baptistide Koguduste Liidu Kõrgem Usuteaduslik Seminar (Tartu)
  • Kaitsevägi (Tartu)
  • Tartu Ulikool (Tartu)
  • Eesti Lennuakadeemia (Kambja Vald, Tartumaa)

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