Live and work in Estonia

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Life in Estonia

Estonia is a country of enchanting forests, digital wonders, and boundless opportunities for those seeking adventures and a unique living experience! Prepare to be captivated by this Baltic gem that seamlessly blends charm with modern innovation. With its efficient public transport, affordable cost of living, and welcoming atmosphere, Estonia provides an ideal environment for explorers to thrive. Estonia is a digital paradise, with a tech-savvy culture that has earned it the nickname “E-stonia.” Embrace the future by becoming part of a thriving start-up ecosystem and innovative digital initiatives. You can even become an e-resident of Estonia, giving you access to online business opportunities and a unique digital identity.

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Quick facts about working in Estonia

  • Average working hours per week: 40 hours, 
  • Typical working day: 8 hours, 5 days per week
  • Number of Vacation days: 28 days 
  • Commute: In Tallinn it is recommended to use bus, tram, trolleybus, train, and ferry. All public transport is free for people registered as living in Tallinn.
  • Work culture: Slightly hierarchical

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Quick info about Estonia

Typical food

Verivorst (blood sausage), lots of fish from the Baltic Sea, rye bread, potatoes, pork


~1.3 million people


The northeastern European country Estonia borders the gulf of Finland and is situated below Sweden. The capital city is Tallinn.



Famous people

Andrus Veerpalu, Karmen Pedaru, A. H. Tammsaare


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Avg. working week

40 hours 
8 hours daily


The majority of healthcare is provided and paid for by the state via Estonian Health Insurance Fund if you have a work contract for at least one month (see more in our FAQ section below)


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No, if you are an EU/EEA/Switzerland citizen you do not need a work permit to work during the first three months, and apply for an ID card within the first month of your stay. You can read more about it here.

Estonia experiences a temperate seasonal climate. Summers are mild and relatively short, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). Winters, on the other hand, are cold and snowy, with average temperatures ranging from -5°C to -10°C (23°F to 14°F), although it can occasionally drop even lower. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons, with temperatures varying between 5°C and 15°C (41°F and 59°F). The weather in Estonia can be quite changeable, so it’s advisable to be prepared for different conditions throughout the year.

Estonia has efficient public transport. In Tallinn it is recommended to use bus, tram, trolleybus, train, and ferry. All public transport is free for people registered as living in Tallinn. You can buy tickets by sending an SMS or by downloading the Tabnet app on your phone. And it is also possible to purchase tickets in the ticket machines and offices when you travel.

Yes, and the majority of healthcare is provided and paid for by the state via Estonian Health Insurance Fund. In order to be entitled to this fund you need to be employed with a contract for at least one month OR be a permanent or temporary resident and therefore pay premiums into voluntary insurance.

There are various job opportunities available in Estonia for individuals during their gap year. Popular options include working in the hospitality industry, such as hotels, restaurants, and cafes, where positions like waitstaff, bartenders, or hotel receptionists may be available. English teaching positions, especially for native English speakers, can be found in language schools or as private tutors. Additionally, seasonal jobs in tourism, such as tour guides or event staff, can also be sought after during peak travel seasons.

The cost of living in Estonia is generally lower compared to many other European countries. Monthly expenses can vary depending on the location, lifestyle, and personal choices. On average, a single person can expect to spend around €600 to €1000 per month on accommodation, utilities, groceries, transportation, and entertainment. Rent prices can range from €300 to €700 for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center, with lower prices available in suburban areas. It’s worth noting that prices can be higher in the capital city of Tallinn compared to other regions of Estonia.

Still not convinced about Estonia?

The utmost charming capital city Tallinn will whisk you away to a fairy-tale realm. Wander through its cobblestone streets, where towers and colourful merchant houses stand tall. And what’s more: Tallinn’s Old Town is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site and is remarkably preserved, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Estonia, particularly in cities like Tallinn, has a vibrant nightlife scene. The capital city offers a wide range of bars, clubs, pubs, and lounges catering to different tastes and preferences. The Old Town of Tallinn is particularly known for its lively atmosphere with numerous bars and clubs. Additionally, during weekends and holidays, there are often events, concerts, and festivals that contribute to the energetic nightlife in Estonia.

Estonians have a deep-rooted love for saunas, which is a traditional steam bath ritual. Embrace this cultural tradition by indulging in a sauna session with friends or even floating in a frozen lake before diving back into the warmth. It’s an invigorating and relaxing experience that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

Nature lovers will also find their paradise in Estonia’s pristine landscapes. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of dense forests, where ancient trees whisper stories of the past. Explore the enchanting Lahemaa National Park, where the coastlines meet picturesque bogs, or venture to Soomaa National Park, where you can canoe through flooded forests during spring.

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