Living in Tallinn

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Life in Tallinn

There are plenty of activities to enjoy in Tallinn, like the UNESCO-listed Tallinn Old Town where you can wander through cobblestone streets and see the mediaeval architecture. Visit the viewpoints Toompea Hill or Patkuli Viewing Platform, for panoramic views of the city. Take a leisurely stroll along the city walls or through one of the many parks, such as Kadriorg Park. Finally, enjoy the local culture by visiting museums like the Kumu Art Museum or exploring the trendy neighborhoods of Telliskivi and Kalamaja, known for their vibrant arts and unique shops.

Working in Tallinn

  • 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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FAQ

You can move to Tallinn by yourself, with a friend or as a couple. There are pros and cons to all of the situations. If you consider moving abroad with any kind of friend it can be a really good idea to sit down and talk through practical and everyday stuff such as economy, bills, cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking vs ordering, going out/staying in, how you deal with potentially going out without each other as well as having friends and family visiting (from near and far and extended visits). Apart from the practical arrangements, life is fun when you can share your new core memories with other people – so it is very recommendable to move abroad together. Moving with a friend can cause you to interact less with new people compared to if you move abroad by yourself. But if this is a good or a bad thing entirely depends on your personal goals and wishes as well as your personality.

Conclusion: communication is key if you and your friend decide to move abroad together

Getting around Tallinn is easy and convenient. Explore the charming Old Town on foot, wander through the cobblestone streets, and discover hidden gems. Use the efficient public transportation system, including trams and buses, to reach other parts of the city. Taxis and ride-sharing services are also readily available for added convenience.You can find more detailed information about transport in Amsterdam here.

One of the best cheap locations to live in Tallinn is the district of Lasnamäe. It offers a range of affordable housing options, including apartments and communal living spaces. Another budget-friendly area is Mustamäe, known for its residential complexes and proximity to universities and shopping centres, making it an attractive choice for students and families on a budget.

The cost of household and bills in Tallinn can vary depending on factors such as the size and location of the accommodation, as well as personal lifestyle choices. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center can range from around 500 EUR to 800 EUR, while outside the city center, it can range from around 400 EUR to 600 EUR. Utilities such as electricity, water, heating, and internet can add an additional cost of around 100 EUR to 200 EUR per month.

There is a temperate climate which means that summers are mild and relatively short, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C and winters are cold and snowy, with average temperatures ranging from -5°C to -10°C, although it can occasionally drop lower. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons, with temperatures varying between 5°C and 15°C. The weather in Estonia can be quite changeable, so it’s advisable to be prepared for different conditions throughout the year.

In Tallinn, some SIM providers known for offering affordable and reliable internet services include Telia, Elisa, and Tele2. These providers offer various mobile plans with competitive data packages and good coverage in the city. It’s advisable to compare the available plans and offers to find the best option that suits your specific needs and budget.

Still not sure about moving to Tallinn?

Experience the warmth of Estonian hospitality and embrace the city’s dynamic atmosphere. Tallinn offers a unique living experience filled with opportunities and cultural richness.

And also, be sure to try some of the many delicious food options. For example “kama,” a traditional Estonian dish made from roasted barley, rye, oat, and pea flour. It is often mixed with buttermilk or kefir and served as a healthy and filling snack or dessert. Another local specialty is “karask,” a traditional Estonian bread made from barley or rye flour. It is often enjoyed with butter and served alongside hearty Estonian dishes. Additionally, explore the local markets and street food stalls to try various Estonian snacks like “kohuke” (a sweet curd snack), “kali” (a fermented beverage), and “leivasupp” (bread soup).

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