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List of famous people from Estonia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Estonia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Estonia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Estonia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People include everything from Richard Maack to Meelis Rooba.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Estonia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Estonia?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Arvo Pärt age 81 - Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and sacred music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, ...more

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Alfred Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Alfred Rosenberg Died at 53 (1893-1946) - Alfred Ernst Rosenberg was a Baltic German philosopher and an influential ideologue of the Nazi Party. Rosenberg was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart; he later held several ...more

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Peeter Kümmel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Peeter Kümmel age 34 - Peter Kuemmel is a cross-country skier.

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Erki Nool is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Erki Nool age 46 - Erki Nool is an Estonian decathlete and politician. Nool is a winner of the gold medal for decathlon in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Although Nool did not place first in any individual ...more

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Alar Toomre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Alar Toomre age 80 - Alar Toomre is an Estonian-American astronomer and mathematician. He is a professor of applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Toomre's research is focused on the ...more

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Wolfgang Köhler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Wolfgang Köhler Died at 80 (1887-1967) - Wolfgang Köhler was a German psychologist and phenomenologist who, like Max Wertheimer, and Kurt Koffka, contributed to the creation of Gestalt psychology. During the Nazi regime in ...more

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Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow Died at 79 (1929-2008) - Patriarch Alexy II was the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Elected Patriarch of Moscow eighteen months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, ...more

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Johann Friedrich von Eschschol... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz Died at 38 (1793-1831) - Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz was a Baltic German physician, botanist, zoologist and entomologist. Eschscholtz was born in Dorpat, Governorate of Livonia in the Russian Empire. He studied ...more

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Uno Prii is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Uno Prii Died at 76 (1924-2000) - Uno Prii was an Estonian-born Canadian architect. He designed approximately 250 buildings, many in Toronto, but also around southern Ontario and the United States. Some of his best-known works ...more

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Magnar Freimuth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Magnar Freimuth age 42 - Magnar Freimuth was an Estonian nordic combined skier who competed in the early 1990s. He finished fourth in the 3 x 10 km team event at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Freimuth's best ...more

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Adolf von Harnack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Adolf von Harnack Died at 79 (1851-1930) - Carl Gustav Adolf von Harnack was a German Lutheran theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873 to 1912. Harnack traced the influence of ...more

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Jaan Kross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Jaan Kross Died at 87 (1920-2007) - Jaan Kross was an Estonian writer.

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Heinrich Lenz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Heinrich Lenz Died at 61 (1804-1865) - Heinrich Friedrich Emil Lenz was a Russian physicist of Baltic German ethnicity. He is most noted for formulating Lenz's law in electrodynamics in 1833. The symbol, conventionally representing ...more

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Kiur Aarma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Kiur Aarma age 41 - Kiur Aarma is an Estonian television journalist. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1997. Aarma is also a writer and producer; among the films upon which he has worked is 2006's ...more

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Maria Sergejeva is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Maria Sergejeva age 24 - Maria Sergejeva is an Estonian pair skater. With former partner Ilja Glebov, she is the 2007–2010 Estonian national champion and represented Estonia at the 2010 Winter Olympics. After retiring ...more

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Eerik-Niiles Kross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Eerik-Niiles Kross age 48 - Eerik-Niiles Kross is an Estonian diplomat, intelligence chief, entrepreneur and politician. During the 1980s, Kross was a leading figure in the anti-Soviet resistance movement in Soviet ...more

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Aivar Rehemaa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Aivar Rehemaa age 34 - Aivar Rehemaa is a cross-country skier.

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Ants Antson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Ants Antson age 78 - Ants Antson is a former Estonian speed skater who competed for the Soviet Union.

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Aleksander Warma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Aleksander Warma Died at 80 (1890-1970) - Aleksander Warma VR I/3 was an Estonian navy officer, diplomat and painter. Aleksander Warma studied at marine schools of Käsmu and Narva, took a deep sea captain's exam in Riga. In 1920, ...more

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Paul Keres is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Paul Keres Died at 59 (1916-1975) - Paul Keres was an Estonian chess grandmaster, and a renowned chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Keres narrowly missed a chance at a world ...more

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Maret Ani is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Maret Ani age 33 - Maret Ani is an Estonian retired tennis player. At the start of 2006, she was the top-ranked player in Estonia, before losing that spot to Kaia Kanepi. Ani was a junior basketball champion, but ...more

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Johann Urb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Johann Urb age 40 - Johann Urb is an Estonian-born American actor and former model.

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Paul Kuusberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Paul Kuusberg Died at 87 (1916-2003) - Paul Kuusberg was an Estonian writer. Novellas by him include “Roostetanud kastekann” and “Võõras või õige mees”, which won an award in Estonia. Kuusberg was born in ...more

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Anett Kontaveit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Anett Kontaveit age 21 - Anett Kontaveit is an Estonian tennis player. Kontaveit has won nine singles and five doubles titles on the ITF tour during her career. On 15 September 2014, she reached her best singles ranking ...more

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Louis Kahn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Louis Kahn Died at 73 (1901-1974) - Louis Isadore Kahn was an American architect, based in Philadelphia. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier in 1935. While continuing ...more

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Kaspar Jancis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Kaspar Jancis age 40 - Kaspar Jancis is an actor, film score composer, film director, screenwriter, film editor and cinematographer.

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Kaspar Taimsoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Kaspar Taimsoo age 28 - Kaspar Taimsoo is an Estonian rower. He is a member of Viljandi Rowing Club.

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Ilon Wikland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Ilon Wikland age 87 - Ilon Wikland is a Swedish artist and illustrator, she was born on February 5, 1930 in Tartu, Estonia, but raised Haapsalu on Estonia's Baltic coast. In 1944 she escaped with the family of a ...more

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Juri Kurakin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Juri Kurakin age 28 - Juri Kurakin is an Estonian ice dancer who has competed for Estonia, Bulgaria, and currently Austria. Early in his career, he competed with Alexandra Baurina for Estonia. He teamed up with Ina ...more

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Erkki-Sven Tüür is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Erkki-Sven Tüür age 56 - Erkki-Sven Tüür is an Estonian composer. Tüür was born in Kärdla on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. He studied flute and percussion at the Tallinn Music School from 1976 ...more

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Ernst Öpik is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Ernst Öpik Died at 92 (1893-1985) - Ernst Julius Öpik was an Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist who spent the second half of his career at the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland.

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Gerd Kanter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Gerd Kanter age 36 - Gerd Kanter is an Estonian discus thrower. He was the 2007 World Champion in the event and won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and bronze in London 2012. His personal best throw of ...more

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Zofia Romer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Zofia Romer Died at 87 (1885-1972) - Zofia Romer, née Zofia Dembowska was a Polish painter. She was born in 1885 in Estonia to well-known physician Tadeusz Dembowski and his wife Matylda. She grew up in Lithuania and Poland ...more

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Rao Heidmets is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Rao Heidmets age 59 - Rao Heidmets is a film director and screenwriter.

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Aleksander Tammert is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Aleksander Tammert age 44 - Aleksander Tammert is an Estonian discus thrower.

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Eveli Saue is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Eveli Saue age 33 - Eveli Saue is an Estonian orienteering competitor and biathlete. She is world champion in the combined sport biathlon orienteering.

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Manfred Vainokivi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Manfred Vainokivi age 51 - Manfred Vainokivi is a film producer, cinematographer, film director, screenwriter, and production designer. .

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Timo Simonlatser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Timo Simonlatser age 30 - Timo Simonlatser is a cross-country skier.

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Priit Pärn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Priit Pärn age 69 - Priit Pärn is an Estonian cartoonist and animation director whose films have enjoyed success among critics as well as the public at various film festivals. Pärn formerly worked as a ...more

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Otto Wilhelm von Struve is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Otto Wilhelm von Struve Died at 86 (1819-1905) - Otto Wilhelm von Struve was a Russian astronomer. In Russian, his name is normally given as Otto Vasil'evich Struve. Together with his father, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, Otto Wilhelm ...more

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Thomas Johann Seebeck is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Thomas Johann Seebeck Died at 61 (1770-1831) - Thomas Johann Seebeck was a physicist who in 1821 discovered the thermoelectric effect. Seebeck was born in Reval to a wealthy Baltic German merchant family. He received a medical degree in 1802 ...more

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Rein Taagepera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Rein Taagepera age 82 - Rein Taagepera is an Estonian political scientist and politician.

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Rasmus Mägi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Rasmus Mägi age 24 - Rasmus Magi is an athlete.

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Jaak Kilmi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Jaak Kilmi age 43 - Jaak Kilmi is a film producer, director and screenwriter.

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Catherine I of Russia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Catherine I of Russia Died at 43 (1684-1727) - Catherine I, the second wife of Peter I of Russia, reigned as Empress of Russia from 1725 until her death.

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Allan Murdmaa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Allan Murdmaa Died at 75 (1934-2009) - Allan Murdmaa was an Estonian architect. Murdmaa was born in Tallinn. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1958. From 1958 to 1960 Allan Murdmaa worked in the state design ...more

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Kaia Kanepi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Kaia Kanepi age 31 - Kaia Kanepi is an Estonian tennis player. She achieved her career-high ranking of World No. 15 in August 2012 and holds many firsts for Estonia. Since beginning at the pro circuit in 2000 Kanepi ...more

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Marko Raat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Marko Raat age 22 - Marko Raat is a film director and screenwriter.

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Erhard Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Erhard Schmidt Died at 83 (1876-1959) - Erhard Schmidt was a Baltic German mathematician whose work significantly influenced the direction of mathematics in the twentieth century. Schmidt was born in Tartu, in the Governorate of ...more

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Indrek Sei is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Estonia
Indrek Sei age 44 - Indrek Sei is a former freestyle swimmer from Estonia, who competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1992. Sei won the bronze medal in the 100m Individual ...more