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Estonia

Syllabification: Es·to·ni·a
Pronunciation: /eˈstōnēə
 
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Definition of Estonia in English:

A Baltic country on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland; population 1,299,400 (est. 2009); capital, Tallinn; languages, Estonian (official) and Russian.

Previously ruled by the Teutonic Knights and then by Sweden, Estonia was ceded to Russia in 1721. It was proclaimed an independent republic in 1918 but was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940 as a constituent republic, the Estonian SSR. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, Estonia regained its independence in 1991. In 2004 it joined both NATO and the EU

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