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: Composer
Birthdate: September 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paide

 2 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

 3 Johann Urb

Johann Urb.
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

 4 Tommy Cash

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

 5 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

 6 Grete Sadeiko

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

 7 Paul Keres

Paul Keres
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Narva
Died: June 5, 1975
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 8 Kaja Kallas

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

 9 Kirill Karo

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

 10 Kerli

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

 11 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

 12 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

 13 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

 14 Carmen Kass

Carmen Kass.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tallinn

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. 

 15 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

 16 Elina Nechayeva

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

 17 Konstantin Päts

Konstantin Päts
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 23, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Estonia
Died: January 18, 1956

 18 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

 19 Mart Poom

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

 20 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

 21 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.

 22 Maicel Uibo

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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow

Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus
Birthdate: February 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: December 5, 2008

 26 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. 

 27 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

 28 Lennart Meri

Lennart Meri.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Writer
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.

 29 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

 30 Grit Šadeiko

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

 31 Siim Kallas

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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 Gerd Kanter

Gerd Kanter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 35 Mart Helme

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

 36 Tiiu Kuik

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

 37 Heinrich Lenz

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

 38 Mihhail Kõlvart

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

 39 Laura Poldvere

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

 40 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

 41 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

 42 Arnold Rüütel

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

 43 Karmen Pedaru

Karmen Pedaru.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion model
Birthdate: May 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Estonia

 44 Getter Jaani

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

 45 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

 46 Elina Born

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

 47 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

 48 Koit Toome

Koit Toome
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 49 Tanel Padar

Tanel Padar
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uhtna, Estonia

 50 Martin Jarveoja

Martin Jarveoja
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Rally Co-Driver
Birthdate: August 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elva, Estonia