Estonia and Scotland build commercial ties - the new Europe takes shape
During the mid-1990s, just a few years after Estonia broke away from the now-defunct USSR, there was a football match between the Scottish and Estonian national teams. This prompted a core of Scots to start businesses in this newly-liberated Baltic nation and has resulted in numerous Estonian and Scottish links through marriage.
Talinn, the capital, was formerly one of the Hanseatic League of cities which, for centuries fostered trade between themselves and other European countries, such as Scotland. Estonia will soon join the EU as one of the 10 new member states scheduled to join on 1 May 2004.