Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Estonia.

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

Tallinn, Estonia


Carmen KassCarmen Kass

14 September 1978



Edgar SavisaarEdgar Savisaar
(Estonian Politician)

31 May 1950

Harku Parish


Karmen PedaruKarmen Pedaru
(Fashion model)

10 May 1990



Anton Hansen TammsaareAnton Hansen Tammsaare

30 January 1878

01 March 1940

Albu Parish


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

1875 AD

19 October 1942


Gustav SuitsGustav Suits

30 November 1883

23 May 1956

Võnnu Parish


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

26 December 1953



Endel TulvingEndel Tulving
(Neuroscientist, Psychologist)

26 May 1927



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

01 October 1956



Tiiu KuikTiiu Kuik
Magdalena MielcarzMagdalena Mielcarz

Ginta LapinaGinta Lapina

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