Estonian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 44,685

ROP3 Code: 102954
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Finno-Ugric
Language: Standard Estonian - (ekk)
Religion: Christianity - Orthodox
Country of Origin: Estonia

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Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 7,885

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 2,090

  Hamilton (Burlington), ON - 1,050

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 950

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 650

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Brief Profile

The Estonian people migrated from Estonia, a country bordered on the north by the Gulf of Finland, on the east by Lake Peipus and Russia, on the south by Latvia, and on the west by the Baltic Sea. The majority of Estonians migrated to North America during World War II. However, a new wave of Estonians have migrated in the past twenty years.

Many of these recent arrivals have revived Estonian culture within North America. They speak Estonian and advocate the development of associations, especially in metro areas where their population is larger. It is estimated that about one third of all Estonians still speak Estonia at home. It is within these associations that Estonian culture and language is learned, advocated, and maintained. Thus, their Estonian identity is maintained and reinforced. One such association is the Estonian American National Council, headquartered in the New York metro area.

The majority of Estonians claim Orthodox Christianity as their religion. However, many are non-religious.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that evangelical Christians will intentionally become friends with Estonians in order to share Christ both in word and deed.
  • Pray that God will enlighten the spiritual eyes of Estonians so that they may have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC2,090
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA650
United StatesYonkersNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY950
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON7,885
CanadaHamiltonHamilton (Burlington)ON1,050