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Tallinn (EE)

Total population: 428.000

Region profile

Amazing Blend of Old and New

Tallinn never fails to amaze visitors with its historical charm. At its heart is the Medieval Old Town, an area of cobblestone streets, gabled houses, churches and squares that developed here from the 13th to the 15th centuries when Tallinn boomed as a key Hanseatic commercial hub. Old Town has long been the main draw for newcomers – in fact it's so unique that UNESCO added it to its World Heritage List in 1997. Other regions of the city reflect different ages, from the romantic, Tsarist-era Kadriorg Park to the unforgettable, early-20th-century wooden house district of Kalamaja. A modern shopping/business district in the city centre completes the tableau, making Tallinn an amazing blend of old and new.

Historical Meeting Point

Ever since the days of Viking traders Tallinn has been a meeting point for various cultures and nations, so visitors coming from any direction are bound to find something familiar, and something exotic, when they explore the city. Estonia's various rulers – Danish, Livonian, German, Swedish and Russian – have each left their mark on Tallinn's landscape, and their influence can be found reflected in the city's architecture, art and even its restaurant cuisine.

Singing Nation

Estonia loves to showcase its rich culture, especially the traditional mass singing events that define the soul of the nation. Chief among these is the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, held every five years, which involves as many as 37,000 performers and attracts over 200,000 spectators. There are also a number of major annual events to see including the Jazzkaar International Jazz Festival, Old Town Days, Medieval Days, Tallinn Maritime Days, Birgitta Festival, Tallinn Marathon, Black Nights Film Festival and the Simpel Session skateboard and BMX competition. In 2011, the city is offering up even more to see and do as it fulfills its role as European Capital of Culture.

Closer than You Think

Tallinn is incredibly easy to reach – just a two- to three-hour flight from most European capitals – and once you arrive, getting into town is a snap. Lennart Meri International Airport is only 4 km from the city centre, putting it just ten minutes away from the downtown hotels. The ferry terminals and train station are also located a short distance from the Medieval Old Town. Thanks to its small size and compact layout, Tallinn is easy to explore on foot, eliminating the headaches of bus transfers and taxi rides.

On the Cutting Edge

Tallinn is widely recognised as one of the world’s most technology-oriented cities, offering a range of cutting-edge solutions from e-government to mobile parking. Free Wi-Fi is available just about everywhere, including hotel rooms, conference centres, restaurants, cafés and even public squares and parks, so delegates will never have trouble staying in touch. The city also hosts a dynamic business community, of which tech plays a major part. Tallinn, for example, is home to the world development headquarters of the Internet telephony company Skype.

Green City

For fresh air and relaxation, Tallinn is hard to beat. This small, relatively quiet city boasts an impressive 40 km2 of parks and forests, and has a beautiful, 2-km stretch of sand beach bordering its bay. Visitors can stroll along well-developed seaside pathways, explore the natural beauty of suburban bog trails, take sailing trips to nearby islands or even hit the links at a neighbouring golf course.

 

Health and Social Care in the Region

Health insurance in Estonia is organised by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (hereinafter the EHIF) and its 4 local departments. The Estonian Health Insurance Fund is the only organisation in Estonia dealing with compulsory health insurance.

Tallinn City belongs to the Harju county and therefore to the Harju county health insurance department. Hospitals, however, are municipal or state owned. Estonian Health Insurance Fund has contracts in Tallinn with 4 hospitals. There are 2 central hospitals – East Tallinn and West Tallinn Central hospital and one regional hospital - North Estonian Regional Hospital. Also, there is a specialized municipally owned Tallinn Children’s hospital. North Estonian Regional Hospital and Tallinn Children’s Hospital are hospitals providing multi-profile medical services to the North-Estonian region. Total number of hospital beds in Tallinn is near 2600.

There is a big number (262) of family physicians in the city. All persons insured with the EHIF have a family practitioner. A person not residing in Estonia may also visit a family practitioner. A person needs a referral from the family practitioner to visit a medical specialist. No referral is needed to visit a psychiatrist, gynaecologist, dermatovenerologist, ophthalmologist, dentist, pulmonologist (for tuberculosis treatment), infection specialist (for HIV/AIDS treatment), surgeon or orthopaedist (for traumatology).

To promote the health behaviour of residents, there are health promotion specialists in all 8 city district governments, who have created health promotion teams. Tallinn Health Coalition works under the direction of the city mayor with an aim to coordinate the cooperation of city departments, city district governments and universities in implementing the strategy of the health of Tallinn population. A health profile and injury profile of the city has been compiled. In May 2013, Tallinn became a member of an international network Safe Community. In cooperation with Estonian Health Insurance Fund, a project of preventing injuries has been carried out for years.

Links

Tourist Portal Estonia

Videos of Tallinn

East Tallinn Central Hospital

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