Estonian

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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 1 Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Estonian Composer Who Has Invented a Compositional Technique named 'Tintinnabuli'
Birthdate: September 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paide, Estonia

 2 Anett Kontaveit

Anett Kontaveit
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 3 Grete Sadeiko

Grete Sadeiko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Heptathlon
Birthdate: May 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Türi, Estonia

 4 Johann Urb

Johann Urb
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 5 Paul Keres

Paul Keres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess grandmaster
Birthdate: January 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Narva, Estonia
Died: June 5, 1975

 6 Ott Tänak

Ott Tänak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kärdla, Estonia

 7 Kerli

Kerli
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elva, Estonia
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 8 Baruto Kaito

Baruto Kaito
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Väike-Maarja, Lääne-Viru County, Estonia

 9 Tommy Cash

Tommy Cash
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 10 Kirill Karo

Kirill Karo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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 11 Carmen Kass

Carmen Kass
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
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. 

 12 Elina Nechayeva

Elina Nechayeva
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: November 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 13 Kaia Kanepi

Kaia Kanepi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Haapsalu, Estonia

 14 Konstantin Päts

Konstantin Päts
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 1st President of Estonia
Birthdate: February 23, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tahkuranna, Estonia
Died: January 18, 1956

 15 Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Diplomat
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.

 16 Mart Poom

Mart Poom
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallinn

 17 Margus Hunt

Margus Hunt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karksi-Nuia, Estonia

 18 Hilda Taba

Hilda Taba
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 7, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kooraste, Estonia
Died: July 6, 1967

 19 Lennart Meri

Lennart Meri
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Estonia (1992-2001)
Birthdate: March 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tallinn
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.

 20 Maicel Uibo

Maicel Uibo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Decathlete
Birthdate: December 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Põlva, Estonia

 21 Endel Tulving

Endel Tulving
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Famous As: Neuroscientist, Psychologist
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. 

 22 Karl Ernst von Baer

Karl Ernst von Baer
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Scientist, explorer
Birthdate: February 28, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Estonia
Died: November 28, 1876

 23 Kersti Kaljulaid

Kersti Kaljulaid
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia

 24 Edgar Savisaar

Edgar Savisaar
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Estonian Politician
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.

 25 Grit Šadeiko

Grit Šadeiko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Heptathlete
Birthdate: July 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saku, Estonia

 26 Siim Kallas

Siim Kallas
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn

 27 Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 28 Mihhail Kõlvart

Mihhail Kõlvart
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

 29 Felix Kersten

Felix Kersten
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Massage therapist, Physician
Birthdate: September 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
Died: April 16, 1960

 30 Adolf von Harnack

Adolf von Harnack
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 7, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
Died: June 10, 1930

 31 Tiiu Kuik

Tiiu Kuik
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 32 Heinrich Lenz

Heinrich Lenz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 12, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tartu
Died: February 10, 1865

 33 Robert Kurvitz

Robert Kurvitz
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR

 34 Michael Roos

Michael Roos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 35 Andrus Ansip

Andrus Ansip
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Chemist, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: October 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tartu

 36 Martin Muursepp

Martin Muursepp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: September 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 37 Jaan Kross

Jaan Kross
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: December 27, 2007

 38 Mart Helme

Mart Helme
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: October 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pärnu, Estonia

 39 Getter Jaani

Getter Jaani
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 40 Arnold Rüütel

Arnold Rüütel
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: May 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saaremaa

 41 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: September 20, 1778
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lahetaguse
Died: January 25, 1852

 42 Eva-Lotta Kiibus

Eva-Lotta Kiibus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: January 17, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 43 Elina Born

Elina Born
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lehtse, Estonia

 44 Kelly Sildaru

Kelly Sildaru
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Freestyle skier
Birthdate: February 17, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 45 Stig Rasta

Stig Rasta
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 46 Adam Johann von Krusenstern

Adam Johann von Krusenstern
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 10, 1770
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hagudi, Estonia
Died: August 24, 1846

 47 Urmas Alender

Urmas Alender
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: September 28, 1994

 48 Laura Poldvere

Laura Poldvere
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia

 49 Kerr Kriisa

Kerr Kriisa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 2, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia

 50 Uku Suviste

Uku Suviste
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Võru, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union