A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Estonia is the northernmost of the three Baltic states
in Europe. The government is a multiparty democracy. Movement to a
capitalist free market society and joining the EU has attracted foreign
investment and sustained significant economic growth.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~1,339,500 and official language Estonian. Russian is
common. ~69.8% are Finno-Ugric (Estonian, Finnish), ~29.2% Slavic
(Russian, Ukrainian, Belarussian), ~1.2% Other (Tatar, Jews, others).
There is a crisis of values, with growth of materialism, secularism and
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Many marginal ‘Christian’ sects are increasing in number and influence
and a recent poll showed 11% of Estonians expressed warmest feelings
toward pre-Christian pagan religions.
~54% are Non-religious, ~45.3% claim to be Christian, ~0.2%
Ethnoreligionist, ~0.2% Muslim, ~0.15% Jewish, ~0.08% Buddhist, 0.07%
Other. In the Christian category:
~14.85% are Protestant, ~14.67% Orthodox, ~13.54% Unaffiliated, ~1.04%
Independent, ~0.53% are groups considered ‘marginal’, ~0.38% Catholic,
Evangelicals represent ~4.9% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~1.9% and of those ~0.6% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.