Estonia

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Culture

Culture

  • Estonia's culture has been influenced by the traditions of the adjacent area's various Finnic, Baltic, Slavic and Germanic peoples as well as the cultural developments in the former dominant powers Sweden and Russia.
  • Among the most famous Estonians, there should be mentioned a writer Jaan Kross, whose works are translated into 20 languages, an author of the folk epos Kalevipoegs – Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, composers Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, as well as a writer, a film director and a politician Lenarts Meri.
  • The Song Festival traditions established in the 19th century are highly respected. UNESCO has recognized this event as a verbal and non-material human culture heritage monument.
  • Representing their state, Estonians have won numerous Olympic medals. Most of Olympic medals were awarded to the long-distance skier Andrus Veerpalu.
  • The most popular forms of Estonia Sports are cricket, badminton, tennis, chess, swimming, football and ice hockey.
  • Traditional Estonian cuisine has substantially been based on meat and potatoes, and on fish in coastal and lakeside areas, but is influenced by many other cuisines by now. In the present day it includes a variety of international foods and dishes, with a number of contributions from the traditions of nearby countries. German, Scandinavian, Russian and other influences have played their part.
  • Tallinn is a capital city of the European culture in 2011.
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    Sources: http://balticexport.com/?article=par-igauniju&lang=en
    www.wikipedia.org