Toomas Hõbemägi, BBN
More and more Estonians have found new homes and work abroad, but until now the state has lacked accurate data about their number.
For instance, the population registry says that more than 71,000 Estonian citizens are living abroad, with the largest communities in Finland (33,000), Russia (14,000), Sweden (3,300), UK (3,200), Canada (2,800), US (2,800), Germany (2,600) and Australia (1,600).
The actual number is likely to be at least two or three times bigger. For instance, according to Estonian consul-general in Australia, the number of Estonians living in Australia is estimated to be between 6,000 and 10,000 and, including back-packers, about 15,000.
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No-one knows the number of Estonians living abroad