Cultural similarities between Estonia and other Nordic countries

Quick facts about cultural similarities between Estonia and other nordic countries.

  • Estonians are Finnic people (like Finns and Saami people – both considered Nordic today) and the language is a Finnic language. Latvians and Lithuanians are Balts who speak Baltic languages.



A proposal for the flag of Estonia (1919)

Nordic cross has a long history in Estonia. In fact the original Nordic cross flag, the Dannebrog, flag of Denmark, originates from Estonia according to the legend. Many counties flags and coat of arms have references to the nordic cross, dating back to 13th century.


Selection of official, currently in use Nordic Cross flags from the Northern Europe region: