Estonia is a small, Northern-European country that never fails to amaze first-time visitors. With a population of just 1.3 million, there’s always plenty of room for everyone. In fact, 70 percent of the land is covered by forests and peat bogs. That means the country is as clean and green as can be, giving guests the chance to enjoy some of the purest water and freshest air around. Estonians, who are nature-minded people, really value their ecology and offer great options for sustainable meetings and activities. At the same time, Estonia is known internationally as one of the world’s most digitally advanced societies. Locals are used to doing nearly everything online and paper-free, taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi that’s available just about everywhere.
Cosy Cities for meetings and events
Cities in Estonia are perfectly-sized – big enough to be lively and packed with activities for conference-goers, but small enough so that people can easily get around on foot. Historical sights, attractions, hotels, restaurants and event venues are typically within short walking distance, which makes visiting a cosy, relaxing experience. All the cities feature a good choice of high-quality hotels, most of which also offer spa services.
The capital, TALLINN, is famous for its picture-perfect Old Town, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for being one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Old Town is universally loved by conference travellers, but there’s also a diverse list of other not-to-be-missed areas in the city, including historical, wooden-house districts and refurbished factory areas that have been transformed into trendy hubs of culture and nightlife for Tallinn’s hipsters, artists and fashionistas.
Estonia’s second-largest city, TARTU, has been chosen to be European Capital of Culture in 2024. As the nation’s main university town, it attracts a good number of international conferences related to science, research and academia. Tartu is loved for its off-beat student culture and also has its fair share of historical charm, including its own Old Town.
The seaside resort town of PÄRNU, meanwhile, is a popular choice for holding events outside the bigger cities. Known as the country’s wellness capital, Pärnu is loved for its beach, parks and especially its well-developed spa hotels, which double as conference hotels, creating wonderful opportunities to mix business with healthy relaxation.
Extraordinary Group Activities, Social Programmes, Incentives
Whichever location you choose for a conference in Estonia, you’ll find a wonderful selection of social programmes and incentives available – fascinating tours, creative classes, wilderness exploration and action-packed fun. Explore our GROUP ACTIVITIES page for best ideas groups can do in Estonia.
Organising events in Estonia is easy: This is a Schengen country, so visas won’t be an issue for most delegates. The currency is the familiar Euro and English is widely spoken. Additionally, locals have a Nordic work ethic and a positive, can-do attitude. Most importantly, the convention bureaus are here to help, providing assistance with choosing the right venues, accommodation and local partners, and acting as your first point of contact with Estonian suppliers.
Financial Support for Conferences in Estonia
For larger conferences, financial support is also available. Find out more here.