#UnitedNationsOfHoutBay No.9 Estonia

Population: 1.3 M (about 1/40th RSA) | Size: 45,000 sqKm (about 1/27th size of RSA) | Currency: Estonian Kroon | Political Leader: President Kersti Kaljulaid | Capital City: Tallinn | GDP: USD22.7 billion (105/194) | Official Language: Estonian

Angelika Kollin is from Estonia and lives in Hout Bay 🙂

When and why did you come to South Africa? Hello beautiful people of Hout Bay! My name is Angelika Kollin and I am from Estonia. We moved to Hout Bay 2 years ago with the company my husband worked for. Where do you work/what do you do? I am a fine art photographer and this new corner of the globe is feeding my creative soul to the top. What do you love most about Hout Bay? When I arrived in SA, it was love at first sight for me! We have been moving around the world for many years now and it took us by surprise that In Hout Bay we suddenly felt at home. I found people to be very embracing and authentic, I have definitely felt a sense of belonging. What’s the best thing about your country? Estonia for me is a country of quiet and unassuming beauty, an innocent land, a place for people who enjoy simplicity and stillness. It’s almost an exactly opposite of African vibrancy and fullness of life force. …and the worst? The worst? I can’t think of any, other than being very far!
What do you think Estonia is most famous for? Funny and lesser know fact about Estonia, that appeals to the technology lover in me, is that Skype software was created by Estonians. If there’s one thing you could import from Estonia to South Africa, what would it be? I have to say ICE-CREAM. It’s a good thing that it’s far away though! If there’s one thing Estonians could learn from South Africa what would that be? Optimism and zest for life How do you greet someone in Estonian? A quick and non-formal TERE Teach us one other thing to say please! Essential for survival: I need coffee = “Palun mulle kohvi”
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