Estonia is a sovereign state in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). Ethnic Estonians, the largest ethnic group in the country, are a Finnic people.
After centuries of successive German, Danish, Swedish, and Russian rule, Estonians experienced what has been described as a “national awakening” in the 19th and early 20th centuries. On 24 February 1918, independence was declared and later secured through a War of Independence.
During World War II, Estonia suffered successive occupations by Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and Soviet Union again, resulting in its annexation as the Estonian SSR.
In 1987 the peaceful Singing Revolution against Soviet rule began, culminating with restoration of its de facto independence on 20 August 1991.
Here below is a rare photo collection found by Siim Vahur that shows everyday life of Estonia, probably near Pärnu, in the 1920s.