The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #23 September / October 2016
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
September / October 2016 | 

This city, like many we feature here, is both the capital and largest city of its country. It is located on the northern coast of the country, just 80 km from the bordering country's capital, with only a gulf of water dividing the two.

The city was founded in 1248, but has human settlements dating back over 5,000 years, which makes it one of the oldest capital cities of Northern Europe. It became a major trade hub, reaching a peak between the 14th and 16th centuries, largely because of its strategic location. It has only has its current name since 1918. Before that, for almost 800 years, it was known as Reval.

A symbol of the city is an old warrior called Old Thomas, which was first displayed as a weather vane on the top of the spire of the town hall in 1530. The older parts of the city is still one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, placing it on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Simultaneously, it is has been called the "Silicon Valley of Europe", having the highest number of startup companies per person in Europe. If you have ever talked to a language friend via Skype, then you have used technology that was developed there. This ancient city is one of the top 10 digital cities of the world.

Annually, the city receives over 4 million visitors, and the figure continues to rise. It brings in largely tourists from Europe, but there has also been an increase in people coming from Russia and Asia-Pacific regions. It is also one of the busiest cruise destinations on the Baltic Sea.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: Granada, Spain

Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Petey: Mystery image

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.


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