11 SEPTEMBER 2017
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The Tallinn tram system has finally arrived at the Estonia capital’s international airport. The ride to the city centre is 17min and the cost is €2 each way.
Together with the nine-route trolleybus network there are four tram lines with a total length of 24 miles arranged in a roughly cross-shaped layout. It provides a backbone for the public transport network. All meet up at Hobujaama in the centre of the city.
Since joining the European Union in 2004, Estonia has blossomed as a technology, industrial and service industry nation with a population of just 1.4m. Oil shale energy production is another key sector of the economy.
A balanced budget, almost non-existent public debt, flat-rate income tax, free-trade regime, competitive commercial banking sector, innovative e-services and even mobile-based services are all hallmarks of Estonia's market economy.
Over the past decade, Tallinn has proved a popular stop for Baltic Sea cruises. It has retained its walled, cobblestoned Old Town, home to cafés and shops, as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower.
Its Gothic town hall, built in the 13th century and with a 64m-high tower, sits in historic Tallinn’s main square. St Nicholas Church is a 13th-century landmark exhibiting ecclesiastical art.
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