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Presentation of my host city: Tallinn (Estonia)

Tallinn is the capital and the largest city in Estonia. In 2016 the city had 440 000 inhabitants. It is located at a crossroads of several places: 80km south of Helsinki (Finland), 150km west of Saint Petersburg (Russia) and 200km north of Riga (Latvia).

The city has conserved many of its ramparts built in the 13th century. That is why the old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of their good preservation.

The city has several churches. The most famous is probably the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  This is a typical orthodox church built in the 19th century. The five black onions represent the God (the biggest one in the middle) and the writers of the four gospels (Luc, Jean, Mathieu and Marc).

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Thus, in 2015, 1.5 million tourists visited the capital. This number has been continuously increasing since decades.  The majority of those tourists come from Europe but also Russia (the border being at just 100 kilometers).  The harbor is also becoming a cruise ship port. Indeed, since several years, cruise tourism has been increasing constantly between the main Nordic cities. In 2013, 520 000 tourists travelling with cruise boat went to the Tallinn’s harbor.  Of course, this phenomenon is a boon for the tourism sector and for the local economy.

Tallinn can be considered as the financial center of Estonia. Many banks ah Seb, Swedbank or Nordea. The investment bank LHV Pank is also headquartered in Tallinn, providing many jobs.

On this picture we can see clearly the two main part of the city center:  the financial center on the left (with its tall buildings) and the historic center on the right part:

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Finally, Tallinn is a cosmopolitan city. Only 50% of its population comes from Estonia. Another big part of the inhabitants come from Russia. According to Eurostats, 36% of the individuals living in Tallinn had russian origins in 2015. This is the result of the fall of USSR in 1991. Before this date, many Russian lived in Estonian and didn’t go back after the disintegration of the Soviet Bloc.  

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