As the capital and largest city of Estonia, Tallinn occupies 61 square miles and has a population bordering on half a million. It is situated on the northern coast of the country on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, just 50 miles south of Helsinki. It is east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn is the oldest capital city in Northern Europe. The city was known as Reval from the 13th century until 1917.
Tallinn has long been economically tied to the seaport and the business of government, as it is the capital city. Recent developments in the country include the growth of an information technology sector, prompting The New York Times to refer to Estonia as "a Silicon Valley on the Baltic Sea." One of the most visible of the technology companies is Skype, a well-known communications start-up that originated in Tallinn. The economic health of the area is also dependant on the light, textile, and food industries. There are many options for shared offices within the capital city of Tallinn. The notable headquarters in the area include that of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, an agency responsible for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the realm of freedom, security, and justice. Ericsson has one of its largest European production facilities located in Tallinn, focusing on the production of 4G communication devices.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The main attractions in Tallinn include the two old towns (Lower Town and Toompea). These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are both easily explored on foot. Von Krahli Aed, one of the local late night dining restaurants, offers a chance to explore Eastern European cuisine.
The Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is located less than two miles from Raekoja plats, the Town Hall square. There is a local bus connection between the airport and the city center. The city’s bus, tram and trolley-bus routes cover all districts in the area and since January 2013, public transport for registered residents of Tallinn has been completely free.