Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. The most important economic sectors of Tallinn are the light, textile, and food industry, as well as the service and government sector. Tallinn also has a well developed information technology sector In addition to a seaport. Estonia is in Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, between Latvia and Russia. The climate is maritime with wet, moderate winters and cool summers. The official language is Estonian (closely related to Finnish). The northern and southern regions speak different dialects of Estonian. Some Estonians (particularly older people) speak German and the number of English speakers is rapidly increasing. Most (though not all) speak Russian, but few are keen to use it and may be offended if they are not addressed in Estonian or English first. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Estonia's is rated as high income by the World Bank. The Estonian economic miracle has often been described as the Baltic Tiger. Professional titles are important in Estonia, if someone does not have a professional title, use Härra for Mr, Proua for Mrs and Preili for Miss, followed by their surname. Expatriate business dress is typically conservative, and smart. The security risk for expatriates in Estonia is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, and vehicle theft. The currency of Estonia is the Euro (EUR). ATMs dispense Euros. Medical facilities are mostly reasonable, however costs of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Tallinn is 610,500 (Metro) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.6% for Estonia as at October 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Estonia is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 20%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Tallinn is as follows: Tallinn as at 1 November 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$750. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.72, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.53, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.64 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$4.68. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$940. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$78, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$76, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$98 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$33. 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$198. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$25, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.05 per minute. 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$24900. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$16,112 for Primary School, and USD$17,930 for High School. 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$3125. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$857, and USD$736 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV. 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$660. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.23, 1 kg oranges USD$1.56, 1 head lettuce USD$1.11, 1 kg potatos USD$0.55, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.77, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$7.83, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.68, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.90, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.76, and 1.5 L water USD$0.62. 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$600. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$49, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,496. 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$1900. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,749 in a central location, and USD$1,072 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities. 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$500. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$9.76, while an international newspaper is USD$3.00. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$270. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$22, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$108. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$450. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$8.82, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$52 per month. 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$760. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.02, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.84, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.61, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$49.60. 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$830. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.46, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$18,959. Tallinn is 2.4% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -11.5% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 40% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Tallinn for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Tallinn) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Tallinn is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Tallinn? Register subscribe to your home location and Tallinn and run your personalised reports.