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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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  • BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Kaspar Jancis is an actor, film score composer, film director, screenwriter, film editor and cinematographer....  more
  • Kaspar Taimsoo

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceViljandi, Estonia

    Kaspar Taimsoo (born 30 April 1987) is an Estonian rower. He is a member of Viljandi Rowing Club (Estonian: Viljandi Sõudeklubi)....  more
  • BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    Maire-Ilon Wikland (née Pääbo; born February 5, 1930) is an Estonian-born Swedish artist and illustrator.Wikland was born in Tartu, Estonia and raised in Haapsalu, Lääne County on Estonia's Baltic...  more
  • BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Juri Kurakin (born 3 August 1987) is a former competitive ice dancer who is best known for his partnership with Barbora Silná for Austria. Together, they won three Austrian national titles and...  more
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceKärdla, Estonia

    Erkki-Sven Tüür (born 16 October 1959) is an Estonian composer. Tüür (Estonian pronunciation: [tyːr]) was born in Kärdla on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. He studied flute and percussion at the...  more
  • Ernst Öpik

    Dec. at 92 (1893-1985)

    BirthplaceKunda, Estonia, Estonia

    Ernst Julius Öpik (22 October [O.S. 10 October] 1893 – 10 September 1985) was an Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist who spent the second half of his career (1948–1981) at the Armagh Observatory...  more
  • BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Gerd Kanter (born 6 May 1979) is a retired 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...  more
  • Zofia Romer

    Dec. at 87 (1885-1972)

    BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    Zofia Romer née Dembowska (February 16, 1885 – August 23, 1972) 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...  more
  • Rao Heidmets

    Age: 64

    BirthplacePärnu, Estonia

    Rao Heidmets is a film director and screenwriter....
  • BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    Aleksander Tammert (born 2 February 1973 in Tartu) is an Estonian discus thrower....  more
  • Eveli Saue

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceKärdla, Estonia

    Eveli Saue (born February 13, 1984) is an Estonian orienteering competitor and retired biathlete. She is world champion in the combined sport biathlon orienteering....  more
  • Manfred Vainokivi

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Manfred Vainokivi is a film producer, cinematographer, film director, screenwriter, and production designer. ....
  • BirthplaceRakvere, Estonia

    Timo Simonlatser (born May 17, 1986) is an Estonian cross-country skier who has competed since 2005. He finished 27th in the individual sprint at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Simonlatser's...  more
  • Priit Pärn

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Priit Pärn (born 26 August 1946 in Tallinn) is an Estonian cartoonist and animation director whose films have enjoyed success among critics as well as the public at various film festivals. Pärn...  more
  • Otto Wilhelm von Struve

    Dec. at 86 (1819-1905)

    BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    Not to be confused with his grandson Otto Struve (1897–1963); see Struve family Otto Wilhelm von Struve (May 7, 1819 (Julian calendar: April 25) – April 14, 1905) was a Baltic German astronomer. In...  more
  • Thomas Johann Seebeck

    Dec. at 61 (1770-1831)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Thomas Johann Seebeck (German: [ˈtoːmas ˈjoːhan ˈzeːbɛk]; 9 April 1770 – 10 December 1831) was a Baltic German physicist, who, in 1822, observed a relationship between heat and magnetism. Later, in...  more
  • BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    Rein Taagepera (born 28 February 1933) is an Estonian political scientist and former politician....  more
  • Rasmus Mägi

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    Rasmus Magi is an athlete....  more
  • Jaak Kilmi

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Jaak Kilmi is a film producer, director and screenwriter....
  • Catherine I of Russia

    Dec. at 43 (1684-1727)

    BirthplaceJēkabpils, Latvia

    Catherine I (Russian: Екатери́на I Алексе́евна, tr. Yekaterina I Alekseyevna, born Polish: Marta Helena Skowrońska, later known as Marta Samuilovna Skavronskaya; 15 April [O.S. 5 April] 1684 – 17 May...  more
  • Allan Murdmaa

    Dec. at 75 (1934-2009)

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Allan Murdmaa (4 August 1934 – 15 November 2009) was an Estonian architect. Murdmaa was born in Tallinn. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1958. From 1958 to 1960 Allan...  more
  • BirthplaceSoviet Union

    Kaia Kanepi (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈkɑi.ɑ ˈkɑnepi]; born 10 June 1985) is an Estonian professional tennis player. She achieved her career-high ranking of world No. 15 on August 20, 2012 and has...  more
  • Marko Raat

    Age: 27

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Marko Raat is a film director and screenwriter....
  • Erhard Schmidt

    Dec. at 83 (1876-1959)

    BirthplaceTartu, Estonia

    Erhard Schmidt (13 January 1876 – 6 December 1959) was a Baltic German mathematician whose work significantly influenced the direction of mathematics in the twentieth century. Schmidt was born in...  more
  • Indrek Sei

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Indrek Sei (born 26 July 1972 in Tallinn) 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...  more