|geographic coordinates:||59 26 N, 24 43 E|
|time difference:||UTC + 2|
|daylight saving time:||+1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October|
After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with Western Europe. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.