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EHM Featured Destination - Tallinn, Estonia
« on: October 04, 2022, 11:09:12 am »

This week I invite you to visit Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Estonia is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland across from Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea across from Sweden, to the south by Latvia, and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia. The territory of Estonia consists of the mainland, the larger islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, and over 2,200 other islands and islets on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,339 square kilometres (17,505 sq mi).

Despite a very turbulent history during the twentieth century, Estonia is now an independent sovereign state, with a high-income advanced economy; ranking very highly in the Human Development Index. Estonia is a democratic Unitary parliamentary republic, administratively subdivided into 15 maakond (counties). With a population of just over 1.3 million, it is one of the least populous members of the European Union, the Eurozone, the OECD, the Schengen Area, and NATO. Estonia has consistently ranked highly in international rankings for quality of life, education, press freedom, digitalisation of public services and the prevalence of technology companies.

The capital Tallinn is situated on a bay in north Estonia, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. Tallinn has a population of 437,811 (as of 2022) and is the main financial, industrial, and cultural centre of Estonia. Due to its strategic location by the sea, Tallinn's medieval port became a significant trade hub, especially in the 14–16th centuries, when Tallinn grew in importance as the northernmost member city of the Hanseatic League. Tallinn Old Town is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tallinn has the highest number of start-ups per person among European countries and is the birthplace of many international high-technology companies, including Skype, Bolt and Wise. The city is home to the headquarters of the European Union's IT agency, and to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. In 2007, Tallinn was listed among the top-10 digital cities in the world.

Tallinn Airport EETN is the largest airport in Estonia, which serves as a hub for the national airline Nordica, as well as the secondary hub for AirBaltic, cargo airline Airest and LOT Polish Airlines. It was also the home base of the now defunct national airline Estonian Air. It is located 2.7 nautical miles southeast of the centre of Tallinn on the eastern shore of Lake Ülemiste. It was formerly known as Ülemiste Airport.

Image CC3 by Bjoertvedt from Wikipedia Commons

The airport has a single asphalt/concrete runway, 08/26, that is 3,480 m × 45 m (11,417 ft × 148 ft) and large enough to handle wide-bodied aircraft such as the Boeing 747, six taxiways and seventeen terminal gates. Since 29 March 2009 the airport is officially known as Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, in honour of the leader of the Estonian independence movement and second President of Estonia Lennart Meri.

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EuroHarmony has a variety of flights to and from Tallinn in Classes 3 to 6. Add-on scenery is available at the usual places, such as to enhance the level of detail at the airport in FS2004, FSX and X-Plane.
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