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Estonia
Capital:
Tallinn
Population:
1,341,664 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940, it regained its freedom in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with Western Europe. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.
Government type:
parliamentary republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $17.35 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
444,000 (2002)
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