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Famous People From Estonia

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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

    Age: 85
    Arvo Pärt (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈɑrvo ˈpært]; born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian...  more
  • Alfred Rosenberg

    Dec. at 53 (1893-1946)
    Alfred Ernst Rosenberg was a Baltic German philosopher and an influential ideologue of the...  more

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  • Peter Kuemmel is a cross-country skier....  more
  • Erki Nool

    Age: 50
    Erki Nool (born 25 June 1970 in Võru, Estonia) is an Estonian decathlete and politician....  more
  • Alar Toomre (born 5 February 1937, in Rakvere) is an American astronomer and mathematician. ...  more
  • Wolfgang Köhler

    Dec. at 80 (1887-1967)
    Wolfgang Köhler (21 January 1887 – 11 June 1967) was a German psychologist and phenomenologist...  more
  • Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow

    Dec. at 79 (1929-2008)
    Patriarch Alexy II (or Alexius II, Russian: Патриарх Алексий II; secular name Aleksei...  more
  • Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz

    Dec. at 38 (1793-1831)
    Johann Friedrich Gustav von Eschscholtz (1 November 1793 – 7 May 1831) was a Baltic German...  more
  • Uno Prii

    Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)
    Uno Prii was an Estonian-born Canadian architect. He designed approximately 250 buildings,...  more
  • Magnar Freimuth (born March 20, 1973) was an Estonian nordic combined skier who competed in...  more
  • Adolf von Harnack

    Dec. at 79 (1851-1930)
    Carl Gustav Adolf von Harnack (Born Harnack; 7 May 1851 – 10 June 1930) was a Baltic German...  more
  • Jaan Kross

    Dec. at 87 (1920-2007)
    Jaan Kross (19 February 1920 – 27 December 2007) was an Estonian writer. He was nominated...  more
  • Heinrich Lenz

    Dec. at 61 (1804-1865)
    Heinrich Friedrich Emil Lenz (; German: [lɛnts]; also Emil Khristianovich Lenz, Russian:...  more
  • Kiur Aarma

    Age: 45
    Kiur Aarma (born June 25, 1975) is an Estonian television journalist. He graduated from the...  more
  • Maria Sergejeva (born October 28, 1992 in Tallinn) is an Estonian pair skater and model. With...  more
  • Eerik-Niiles Kross is an Estonian diplomat, intelligence chief, entrepreneur and politician....  more
  • Aivar Rehemaa is a cross-country skier....  more
  • Ants Antson (11 November 1938 – 31 October 2015) was an Estonian speed skater who competed for...  more
  • Aleksander Warma

    Dec. at 80 (1890-1970)
    Aleksander Warma VR I/3 (also Varma; 22 June [O.S. 10 June] 1890 – 23 December 1970) was an...  more
  • Paul Keres

    Dec. at 59 (1916-1975)
    Paul Keres ([ˈpɑu̯l ˈkeres]; January 7, 1916 – June 5, 1975) was an Estonian chess grandmaster...  more
  • Maret Ani

    Age: 38
    Maret Ani (born 31 January 1982) is a retired tennis player from Estonia. At the start of...  more
  • Johann Urb

    Age: 43
    Johann Urb (born 24 January 1977) is an Estonian-American actor, film producer and former...  more
  • Paul Kuusberg

    Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)
    Paul Kuusberg (30 April 1916 – 21 January 2003) was an Estonian writer. Novellas by him...  more
  • Anett Kontaveit (Estonian pronunciation: [aˈnet ˈkontaveit]; born 24 December 1995) is an...  more
  • Louis Kahn

    Dec. at 73 (1901-1974)
    Louis Isadore Kahn was an American architect, based in Philadelphia. After working in various...  more