One of the reasons I routinely
attempt to connect Estonia to other northern European countries for
readers used to seeing it portrayed as just another piece of the
geopolitical puzzle, is that Estonia is blessed with a quality one
might find in Bergen, Reykjavik, Umea, or Oulu: isolation.
On any map, Estonia is connected
both to the central European landmass and is a stepping stone to the
St. Petersburg region and Eurasia beyond. Yet on three sides Estonia
is surrounded by water. To the south are the avenues of Riga and
Europe, and to get there you must get on a bus or plane. Thi...
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