Estonia is one of the Baltic countries. With its 45,200 square kilometers of territory, Estonia is quite sparsely populated and its nature has remained largely untouched. Forests, marshes, coastline with alternating reed thickets and white sand, pristine islands, ploughed farmlands, lakes and rolling hills form the defining landscapes of the country. After the re-establishment of its independence in 1991 Estonia has perfomed fast changes and has shown significant growth in economy. Estonia is a member of the EU since 2004.
Tartu is a university town and a Hanseatic city that lies on the banks of the River Emajõgi. Tartu is one of the oldest towns in the Baltic States with a rich historical heritage and culture. A time-honored university was founded in Tartu in 1632. Tartu is also the cradle of the Estonian Song Festivals and theatre. Nowadays, Tartu is a modern museum-rich capital of southern Estonia being the second largest city in the country but the largest in terms of student population.