Area: 45,215 sq km
Northernmost of the three Baltic states. Separated from Finland to the north by the Gulf of Finland.
Population: 1,339,459 Annual Growth: -0.11%
Official language: Estonian; Russian is still common Languages: 18 All languages
Largest Religion: Non-religious
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Estonia is a former-Soviet success story, as the small nation transitions to a more Western economy and political structure. However, poverty is not vanquished, and materialisms influence grows. There is a crisis of values, recognized even by the media and the state, as secularism and pluralism tighten their grip. Pray for righteousness and biblical values to be modelled by a wise and upright government.
Religious freedom is an open door to Christian ministry but also to theological error. Many marginal Christian sects are increasing in number and influence Mormons have more missionaries in Estonia than any Christian agency has there. While actual practitioners are few, a recent poll showed 11% of Estonians expressed warmest feelings toward pre-Christian pagan religions. Pray for the truth and light of Christ to be established in this new marketplace of religious options.
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