Estonian language factsheet

Written on 25 August, 2022

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The Estonian language is a member of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family.

It is spoken in Estonia and surrounding regions by around 1 million people.

Five interesting facts about the Estonian language:

1. The first known book in Estonian, a Lutheran manuscript, was published in 1525 but never reached its intended readers and was destroyed not long after publication.

2. There are two groups of Estonian dialects – northern and southern. These groups are historically associated with the cities of Tallinn in the north and Tartu in the south.

3. Approximately one-third of vocabulary in Estonian comes from Germanic languages, mainly Low Saxon.

4. Estonian is a genderless language. It does not have gendered pronouns.

5. Estonian is considered one of the hardest languages to learn because it uses 14 noun cases.

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