Introduction to Estonia

The Republic of Estonia sits on the northeastern edge of the European Union, along the borders of Russia and Latvia and just 80 kilometers away from Finland, which sits across the sea. The country has its own language, which closely resembles Finnish and is unique to the country, but most people speak English, German and other languages as well.

Estonia is known for its rich culture, and in fact Tallinn, the country's medieval capital, was once called the European Capital of Culture. Everywhere you look in Estonia, beautiful cathedrals and other architecturally significant buildings await, and the influence of Germans, Swedes and Russians can be seen in the architecture and culture of the country. Tartu, another major city, is known as a university town, and is often where students will find themselves. The country also boasts over 1,500 islands, and over half of the land is made up of beautiful forests. The rich culture and natural beauty of the country draw many international students.

What Is the Law System in Estonia?

The legal system of Estonia gives the people the supreme power, which they handle through elections. Estonia's legal framework is based on the Continental European civil law model, with detailed codifications that drive legal matters. The legal system has a strong German influence. Because of the level of detail, legal education is quite complex in Estonia. Students can study private or public law. Private law is divided into civil and commercial law, while public law is divided into international, constitutional, administrative, criminal, financial and procedural law.