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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.
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Arvo Pärt
(Estonian Composer Who Has Invented a Compositional Technique named 'Tintinnabuli')
Arvo Pärt
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paide, Estonia
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Anett Kontaveit
(Tennis player)
Anett Kontaveit
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Grete Sadeiko
(Heptathlon)
Grete Sadeiko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Türi, Estonia
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Johann Urb
(Actor, Producer, and Former Model)
Johann Urb
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

Johann Urb is an Estonian-American actor and former model. He is known for playing important roles in popular films, such as 2012, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Lord of Shanghai. Apart from being an actor, Johann Urb is also a film producer; he has produced films like Beautiful Girl.

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Tommy Cash
(Rapper)
Tommy Cash
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Kerli
(Singer)
Kerli
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elva, Estonia
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Ott Tänak
(Rally driver)
Ott Tänak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kärdla, Estonia
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Baruto Kaito
(Estonian Politician & Former Sumo Wrestler)
Baruto Kaito
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Väike-Maarja, Lääne-Viru County, Estonia

Baruto Kaito is an Estonian politician who is currently working towards establishing economic relations between Japan and Estonia. A former professional sumo wrestler, Baruto achieved popularity in Japan where he won several championships. Since his retirement from sumo wrestling, Baruto Kaito has been involved in acting, mixed martial arts, business ventures, and politics.

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Paul Keres
(Chess grandmaster)
Paul Keres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Narva, Estonia
Died: June 5, 1975
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Carmen Kass
(Estonian Model )
Carmen Kass
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paide, Estonia

Carmen Kass is an Estonian actress, model, and former political candidate. Over the years, Kass has been the face of popular brands like Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Gucci, Valentino, Chanel, Michael Kors, Céline, and Calvin Klein. In 2000, she was adjudged one of the two supermodels of the era by Vogue magazine. 

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Kirill Karo
(Best Known for His Title Role in the TV Series 'The Sniffer')
Kirill Karo
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Birthdate: February 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

Kirill Käro is a Russian actor best known for his portrayal of the title role in a detective TV series titled The Sniffer. He has also achieved popularity by playing lead roles in popular series' like Better Than Us and To the Lake.

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Elina Nechayeva
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Kaia Kanepi
(Tennis player)
Kaia Kanepi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Haapsalu, Estonia
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Konstantin Päts
(1st President of Estonia)
Konstantin Päts
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 23, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tahkuranna, Estonia
Died: January 18, 1956

Konstantin Päts was an Estonian statesman best remembered for his service as the first President of Estonia from 24 April 1938 to 23 July 1940. One of the most influential and important politicians of independent Estonia, Konstantin Päts also served as the country's Prime Minister on five occasions.

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves
(Politician, Journalist, Diplomat)
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is an Estonian politician who served as the President of Estonia from 9 October 2006 to 10 October 2016. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from 1996 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. Toomas Hendrik Ilves also led the Social Democratic Party during the 1990s.

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Mart Poom
(Football player)
Mart Poom
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallinn
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Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow
(Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus)
Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: December 5, 2008
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Hilda Taba
(Architect)
Hilda Taba
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 7, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kooraste, Estonia
Died: July 6, 1967
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Lennart Meri
(Former President of Estonia (1992 - 2001))
Lennart Meri
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Birthdate: March 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: March 14, 2006

Lennart Meri was an Estonian writer, politician, and film director. He played a key role in the Estonian independence movement. From 1992 to 2001, he served as the president of Estonia and is often counted among the most revered presidents of Estonia. In 2009, Tallinn Airport was renamed Lennart Meri Tallinn International Airport.

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Maicel Uibo
(Decathlete)
Maicel Uibo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Põlva, Estonia
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Siim Kallas
(14th Prime Minister of Estonia)
Siim Kallas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn

Siim Kallas is an Estonian politician best known for his service as the 14th Prime Minister of Estonia from 28 January 2002 to 10 April 2003. An important politician, Siim Kallas also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1996.

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Kersti Kaljulaid
(Fifth President of Estonia (2016 – 2021))
Kersti Kaljulaid
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid is an Estonian politician best known for her service as the President of Estonia from 10 October 2016 to 11 October 2021. Not only is she the first female president of Estonia since its independence in 1918, Kersti Kaljulaid was also the youngest president as she was just 46 years old at the time of her election.

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Karl Ernst von Baer
(Baltic German Explorer and Scientist Who is Regarded as the Founding Father of Embryology)
Karl Ernst von Baer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 28, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Estonia
Died: November 28, 1876

Karl Ernst von Baer was a Baltic German explorer and scientist. A multi-talented personality, Baer was also a biologist, naturalist, geologist, geographer, and meteorologist. He is also regarded as the founding father of embryology. One of the founders of the Russian Geographical Society, Karl Ernst von Baer also served as the maiden president of the Russian Entomological Society.

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Endel Tulving
(Neuroscientist, Psychologist)
Endel Tulving
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Birthdate: May 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pechory

Endel Tulving is an Estonian-born Canadian experimental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. He is best known for his pioneering research on human memory. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and began his academic work at the University of Toronto, where he remained for the rest of his career. He is a recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award. 

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Edgar Savisaar
(Estonian Politician)
Edgar Savisaar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harku Parish

Edgar Savisaar is an Estonian politician who served as the first prime minister of independent Estonia. A founding member of the Popular Front of Estonia, Savisaar has been an important politician in Estonia. He is also one of the most controversial Estonian politicians; his opponents accuse him of corruption while his supporters see him as a savior of the poor.

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Kaja Kallas
(Prime Minister of Estonia)
Kaja Kallas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

Kaja Kallas is an Estonian politician and the current Prime Minister of Estonia. She achieved international fame during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 when she lent her support to Ukraine. Under Kaja Kallas' premiership, Estonia is currently playing an important role in Ukraine's war efforts against Russia.

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Grit Šadeiko
(Heptathlete)
Grit Šadeiko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saku, Estonia
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Mihhail Kõlvart
(Mayor of Tallinn)
Mihhail Kõlvart
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

Mihhail Kõlvart is an Estonian politician who is currently serving as the Mayor of Tallinn. Prior to his political career, Kõlvart was an accomplished national and international athlete who had achieved popularity in the disciplines of kickboxing, Taekwondo, and boxing. 

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Natalia Zabiiako
(Figure skater)
Natalia Zabiiako
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Felix Kersten
(Massage therapist, Physician)
Felix Kersten
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
Died: April 16, 1960
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Robert Kurvitz
(Estonian Novelist, Video Game Designer, and Musician)
Robert Kurvitz
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR

Robert Kurvitz is an Estonian novelist, video game designer, and musician. A founding member of a cultural association called ZA/UM, Kurvitz also went on to found a video game development company of the same name. ZA/UM is best known as the company that released the critically praised role-playing video game, Disco Elysium.

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Tiiu Kuik
(Estonian Fashion Model )
Tiiu Kuik
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Adolf von Harnack
(Baltic German Lutheran Theologian and Church Historian)
Adolf von Harnack
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Birthdate: May 7, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
Died: June 10, 1930

Adolf von Harnack was a Baltic German Lutheran theologian. Also an important Church historian, Harnack is credited with producing numerous religious publications between 1873 and 1912. Adolf von Harnack also played a prominent role in the establishment of The Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of Science, where he served as the first president.

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Margus Hunt
(American Football player)
Margus Hunt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karksi-Nuia, Estonia
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Heinrich Lenz
(Russian Physicist Best Known for Formulating 'Lenz's Law')
Heinrich Lenz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 12, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tartu
Died: February 10, 1865

Heinrich Lenz was a Russian physicist best remembered for formulating Lenz's law in electrodynamics. Lenz started his career as a teacher and later became the Dean of Mathematics and Physics at the University of St. Petersburg. From 1863 until his demise in 1865, Heinrich Lenz served as a Rector at the institution.

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Martin Muursepp
(Basketball coach)
Martin Muursepp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Jaan Kross
(The Most Popular and Most Translated Estonian Writer of All Time)
Jaan Kross
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: December 27, 2007

Jaan Kross was an Estonian writer best remembered for winning the International Nonino Prize in 1995 in Italy. He also received several nominations for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature award during the early 1990s. Jaan Kross is also regarded as the most popular and most translated Estonian writer of all time.

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Michael Roos
(Football player)
Michael Roos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Andrus Ansip
(16th Prime Minister of Estonia (2005 – 2014))
Andrus Ansip
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tartu

Andrus Ansip is an Estonian politician best known for his service as the 16th Prime Minister of Estonia from 12 April 2005 to 26 March 2014. Prior to his premiership, Ansip served as the Mayor of Tartu from 1998 to 2004. He then served as the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications from 2004 to 2005. 

Adam Johann von Krusenstern
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1770
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hagudi, Estonia
Died: August 24, 1846
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Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
(Russian Cartographer, Naval Officer, and Explorer)
Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 20, 1778
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lahetaguse
Died: January 25, 1852

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen was a Russian cartographer, naval officer, and explorer. He is best remembered for his role in Russia's first circumnavigation of the world. Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen also led another circumnavigation that led to the discovery of Antarctica. 

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Getter Jaani
(Singer)
Getter Jaani
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Mart Helme
(Historian)
Mart Helme
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Birthdate: October 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pärnu, Estonia
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Arnold Rüütel
(Former President of Estonia)
Arnold Rüütel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saaremaa

Arnold Rüütel is an Estonian agricultural scientist and politician. He is best known for his service as the President of Estonia from 2001 to 2006. He also served as the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Estonia from 1990 to 1992.

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Elina Born
(Singer)
Elina Born
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lehtse, Estonia
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Kelly Sildaru
(Freestyle skier)
Kelly Sildaru
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Eva-Lotta Kiibus
(Figure skater)
Eva-Lotta Kiibus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 17, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Kerr Kriisa
(Basketball player)
Kerr Kriisa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
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Urmas Alender
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: September 28, 1994
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Stig Rasta
(Singer-songwriter)
Stig Rasta
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia