Pronunciation: (e-stō'nē-u, e-stōn'yu), [key]
a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic, S of the Gulf of Finland: an independent republic 1918–40; annexed by the Soviet Union 1940; regained independence 1991. 1,573,000; 17,413 sq. mi. (45,100 sq. km). Cap.: Tallinn. Also,Esthonia.
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