Estonia, one of the most developed countries in Europe, boasts of a rich cultural heritage, influenced by Nordic aspects, as well as Finnic, Baltic, Germanic and Slavic elements. Jacob Johann Köhler revolutionized Estonian literature when he became the first publisher to publish Estonian-language Bible in the 18th century. Friedrich Robert Faehlmann and Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald took forward Köhler’s legacy and proceeded to publish what became the Estonian national epic. Estonians are also much respected for their musical culture, and the nation has produced several notable musicians and conductors who earned international acclaim. Painters like Johann Köler, Ants Laikmaa, Paul Raud, Evald Okas, Kristjan Raud and Konrad Mägi revitalized Estonian art and helped to bring their nation at par with other European countries in the artistic fields. August von Kotzebue founded an amateur theater company way back in the late 18th century, setting the pace for the growth of theater as a popular means of entertainment. In the 20th century, Arvo Valton and Grigori Kromanov played instrumental roles in the growth of Estonian cinema which is now well regarded in the international scenario. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Estonians.
Johann UrbJohann Urb

24 January 1977

Carmen KassCarmen Kass

14 September 1978

Lennart MeriLennart Meri

29 March 1929

Edgar SavisaarEdgar Savisaar
(Estonian Politician)

31 May 1950

Anton Hansen TammsaareAnton Hansen Tammsaare

30 January 1878

Karmen PedaruKarmen Pedaru
(Fashion model)

10 May 1990

Ludvig PuuseppLudvig Puusepp
(Estonian surgeon,researcher and the world's first professor of neurosurgery)

1875 AD

Gustav SuitsGustav Suits

30 November 1883

Arvo PärtArvo Pärt

11 September 1935

Kaia KanepiKaia Kanepi
(Tennis player)

10 June 1985

Fabian Gottlieb von BellingshausenFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
(Navy officer)

20 September 1778

Toomas Hendrik IlvesToomas Hendrik Ilves
(Politician, Journalist, Diplomat)

26 December 1953

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Mart PoomMart Poom
(Football player)

03 February 1972

Siim KallasSiim Kallas

02 October 1948

Paul KeresPaul Keres

06 January 1916

Konstantin PätsKonstantin Päts

23 February 1874

Andrus AnsipAndrus Ansip
(Politician, Chemist, Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

01 October 1956

Karl Ernst von BaerKarl Ernst von Baer
(Scientist, explorer)

28 February 1792

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Endel TulvingEndel Tulving
(Neuroscientist, Psychologist)

26 May 1927

Patriarch Alexy II of MoscowPatriarch Alexy II of Moscow
(Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus)

23 February 1929

Arnold RüütelArnold Rüütel

10 May 1928

Tiiu KuikTiiu Kuik

Magdalena MielcarzMagdalena Mielcarz
Gerd KanterGerd Kanter
(Estonian olympic athlete)

06 May 1979

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Gerd KanterGerd Kanter
(Estonian olympic athlete)

06 May 1979

Heinrich LenzHeinrich Lenz

12 February 1804

Ginta LapinaGinta Lapina