Tallinn, a city of 412,950 people, is the political and financial capital of Estonia. Located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, just 82 km south of Helsinki, it’s also home to a busy cargo and passenger port. The city is best known for its well preserved Old Town, the area of streets, houses, churches and squares that developed from the 13th to 16th centuries when it flourished as a Hanseatic trading centre. Rapid commercial development that followed Estonia’s independence from the USSR in 1991 has transformed the city centre adjacent Old Town, giving rise to dozens of new hotels, shopping centres, banks and offices. Most of Tallinn’s inhabitants are ethnic Estonians, who share linguistic and cultural similarities with their Finnish neighbours.

Tallinn has made a name for itself as one of world’s most technology-oriented cities. Thanks to a wealth of innovative companies and skilled programmers, Tallinn has become known as the ‘Silicon Valley of the Baltics’. The creative use of modern technology and innovation has drastically simplified the working life, if we talk about registering a new business online in minutes, paying for various products and services (like parking, public transportation) by mobile phone or signing a legally-binding contract with your digital signature based on ID-card. A number of foreign companies also outsource to Estonia for custom applications and web design.

Besides ICT there are few more key areas, whose contribution to the development of Tallinn is substantial and whose development has a major influence on other economic activities. These are mechatronics, biotechnology, creative industries, maritime operations and logistics and financial services.

Tallinn has a richness to be a home for most of creative companies in Estonia, supported by providers of higher education in the field of visual culture and development centres in all the main sub sectors of creative industries in Estonia (architecture, audio-visual, design, performing arts, entertainment IT, publishing, cultural heritage, art, music and advertising). As a result, creative industries play a considerable role in regional development and tourism. Tallinn is attractive for both creators and consumers due to its large market with a great variety of creative spheres being represented. Creativity and culture are beginning more and more to be seen as a way to increase the added value of products, to make the living environment more pleasant and attractive for everyone.

There really is creativity in Estonia and in Tallinn!

Relevant links:
City of Tallinn – http://business.tallinn.ee
Tallinn Development Centre of Creative Industries – www.inkubaator.ee
Creative Estonia (projects) – www.looveesti.ee
Tallinn Creative Hub – www.kultuurikatel.ee
Estonian Design Centre (projects) – www.disainikeskus.ee
Tallinn Creative Hub Maker Lab – www.kultuurikatel.ee/makerlab
Master`s programme Design & Engineering – www.design-engineering.ee
Master`s programme Design and Development of Virtual Environments – www.ddve.ee/
Master`s programme Crossmedia – www.bfm.ee/crossmedia
Programme MEKTORY – www.mektory.ee
Innovation Voucher Grant – www.eas.ee/en/for-the-entrepreneur/innovation/innovation-voucher
Design Counselling Grant – www.eas.ee/en/for-the-entrepreneur/development-of-the-company/design-counselling-grant
Cluster Development Programme – www.eas.ee/en/for-the-entrepreneur/development-of-the-company/cluster-development-programme
Garage 48 – www.garage48.ee/
Startup Garage – www.startupgarage.eu/

Mr. Jaanus Vahesalu
Tallinn City Enterprise Board
+372 6404425