No. 5




Minorities in Estonia

14 June 2002


RiTo No. 5, 2002

  • Kaljo Laas

    Chief Specialist, Census Division of Statistical Office, Assistant Professor, Tallinn Technical University

Minorities in Estonia are a community of many nationalities. Integration and cultural policy vis-à-vis minorities have been on the agenda ever since restoration of independence.

The article examines minorities’ ethnic and linguistic makeup, country of birth, and arrival in Estonia from the aspect of 2000 census data. The article also separately treats the history and reasons that different communities have settled in Estonia. The share of minorities varies from precinct to precinct. This also accounts for the varying degree of linguistic and cultural integration into Estonian society, a factor also influenced by the age of the individual, the time of his or her arrival in Estonia and what generation immigrant he or she is.

Full article in Estonian