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    Estonia Geography - 2005

      Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, between Latvia and Russia

      Geographic coordinates:
      59 00 N, 26 00 E

      Map references:

      total: 45,226 sq km
      land: 43,211 sq km
      water: 2,015 sq km
      note: includes 1,520 islands in the Baltic Sea

      Area - comparative:
      slightly smaller than New Hampshire and Vermont combined

      Land boundaries:
      total: 633 km
      border countries: Latvia 339 km, Russia 294 km

      3,794 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      exclusive economic zone: limits fixed in coordination with neighboring states

      maritime, wet, moderate winters, cool summers

      marshy, lowlands; flat in the north, hilly in the south

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Baltic Sea 0 m
      highest point: Suur Munamagi 318 m

      Natural resources:
      oil shale, peat, phosphorite, clay, limestone, sand, dolomite, arable land, sea mud

      Land use:
      arable land: 16.04%
      permanent crops: 0.45%
      other: 83.51% (2001)

      Irrigated land:
      40 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards:
      sometimes flooding occurs in the spring

      Environment - current issues:
      air polluted with sulfur dioxide from oil-shale burning power plants in northeast; however, the amount of pollutants emitted to the air have fallen steadily, the emissions of 2000 were 80% less than in 1980; the amount of unpurified wastewater discharged to water bodies in 2000 was one twentieth the level of 1980; in connection with the start-up of new water purification plants, the pollution load of wastewater decreased; Estonia has more than 1,400 natural and manmade lakes, the smaller of which in agricultural areas need to be monitored; coastal seawater is polluted in certain locations

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ship Pollution, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      the mainland terrain is flat, boggy, and partly wooded; offshore lie more than 1,500 islands

      NOTE: The information regarding Estonia on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Estonia Geography 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Estonia Geography 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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