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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Johan Laidoner was an Estonian statesman and general. He is best remembered for his service as the Commander of the Defence Forces during the Estonian War of Independence. He was also one of the most influential and important Estonian politicians during the interwar period.
Russian explorer and naval officer Otto von Kotzebue is remembered for his pioneering explorations in Oceania and his 3 circumnavigations of the Earth. The second son of German dramatist and diplomat August von Kotzebue, he also penned his travel accounts, which were later translated into English.
Jacob Pontusson, Count De la Gardie was a statesman of the Swedish Empire. He is best remembered for commanding the Swedish forces against the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in Russia. He was also among the five regents who ruled Sweden during the minority reign of Queen Christina.
Marina Kaljurand is an Estonian politician best known for her service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 16 July 2015 to 12 September 2016. She has also served as the Ambassador of Estonia to countries like the United States, Russia, Canada, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Mexico.
Magnus Gabriel, Count De la Gardie was a Swedish military man and statesman. He is remembered as the holder of three of the five Great Offices of the Realm, namely the offices of the Lord High Treasurer, Lord High Chancellor, and Lord High Steward of Sweden. He is also regarded as one of the biggest patrons of art and science.
Kadri Simson is an Estonian politician and the current European Commissioner for Energy. An important politician, Simson served as the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure from 23 November 2016 to 29 April 2019.
Carl Robert Jakobson was an Estonian politician, writer, and teacher. He is best remembered for his role in the Estonian national awakening movement that unfolded during the latter half of the 19th century. As part of the movement, Carl Robert Jakobson founded a newspaper named Sakala in 1878, which became an important promoter of the cultural awakening.
Jaan Tõnisson was an Estonian statesman best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Estonia on two occasions; he served as the prime minister from November 1919 to July 1920 and again from July to October 1920. An important statesman, Jaan Tõnisson also served as the State Elder of Estonia on two occasions between 1927 and 1933.
Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is an Estonian former cross-country skier and politician. She is best known for winning two gold medals at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. She then went on to win a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Kristina also won three silver medals, two bronze medals, and a gold medal at the World Championships.
Mailis Reps is an Estonian politician best known for her service as the Minister of Education and Research on two occasions; from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2016 to 2020. An influential politician, Mailis Reps also served as the Minister of Education from 2002 to 2003.
Keit Pentus-Rosimannus is an Estonian politician and the current Minister of Finance. She also served as the Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014 and then as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2015.
Kaljo Kiisk was an Estonian actor, politician, and film director. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Kristjan Lible in a trilogy of films, which were adapted from Oskar Luts' novels. Kaljo Kiisk is also remembered for playing Johannes Saarepera in the long-running TV series Õnne 13.
Indrek Saar is an Estonian politician and actor. He is best known for his service as the Minister of Culture from 2015 to 2019. He also served as the leader of the Social Democratic Party from 2019 to 2022. From 1996 to 2005, Indrek Saar was associated with the Rakvere Theatre where he worked as an actor and director.
Yana Toom is an Estonian politician and an important member of the Estonian Centre Party. Since 2014, she has been serving as one of the members of the European Parliament. From 2014 to 2021, Yana Toom was one of the members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
Hannibal Sehested was a Dano-Norwegian statesman best remembered for his service as the Governor-general of Norway between 1642 and 1651. From 1648 to 1660, he served as the Chancellor of Norway. Hannibal Sehested is also remembered for his role in the Torstenson War.
Yoko Alender is an Estonian civil servant, politician, and architect. From 2013 to 2014, she worked as an adviser on design and architecture for the Estonian Ministry of Culture. Yoko Alender is also a trained yoga practitioner and teacher. She is credited with founding the Estonian Institute of Buddhism in 2001.
Liina Kersna is an Estonian civil servant, politician, and journalist. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Education and Research from 26 January 2021 to 14 July 2022. Since 2015, Liina Kersna has been an important member of the famous Estonian Reform Party.