Estonian have been ruled by various other nationalities - Germans, Danish, Swedes and Russians etc. Like in Australia, wars have a way of forging national identities. Estonia got its independence from the Russian Empire towards the end of World War I, but was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940. Nazi Germany pushed them out a year later, but the Soviets returned in 1944 on the East side of the newly descended iron curtain. Independence returned in 1991 after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It has a population of 1.3 million people, and is further divided into 15 counties. In 2014 Estonia launched a program aimed at location-independent Entrepreneurs (e.g. developers and writers). E-residents who aren't Estonian can benefit from banking, company formation, payment processing and taxation.
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