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Creative Industries in Estonia


Estonia is a small country in Northern Europe with less than 1.4 m inhabitants, but Estonians have shown that being small does not mean being insignificant, that sustainable ideas can grow in a cleverly planned environment, and that great visions can spring from small communities when ambitions are given a chance.

Creative industries (CI) have an increasing role in strengthening the state’s competitiveness and developing a knowledge-based economy.

Creativity is becoming the key component in several sectors and this has a focal role in achieving not only economic objectives, but also improving our environment, quality of life, innovation and competitiveness.

As a result, creative industries play a considerable role in regional development, tourism and increasing the state’s export capacity.
Although the creative industries are not mapped separately in official statistics, a special study has shown that in 2011 over 7000 companies and institutions operated in the creative industries sector, amounting to 11.4% of the total number of companies in Estonia. It also revealed that over 29 000 people were employed in the creative industries, accounting for 4.8% of Estonia’s working population; and that does not even include professionals!

And the creative sector is growing constantly so that nowadays the sector accounts for 3% of the Estonian economy.

Many of our talented people have been successful in other countries, and there are many more to discover.

There really is creativity in Estonia!


Text by LoovEesti/CreativeEstonia

More information:


Estonian Design Centre

Estonian Association of Designers

Estonian Design House

Estonian Centre of Architecture

Union of Estonian Architects

Music Export Estonia

Estonian Music Development Center

Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center

Center For Contemporary Arts Estonia

Estonian Film Institute

Estonian Film Industry Cluster

Draamamaa - Estonian Theatre Agency

Estonian Literature Centre

Estonian Publishers’ Association

Estonian Association of Advertising Agencies

Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union



Tallinn Business Incubators

The Centre for Entrepreneurship (University of Tartu)

Tartu Centre for Creative Industries

Telliskivi Loomelinnak

Loovala (artist-studio-shop)

Kultuurikatel (Tallinn Creative Hub)

Creativity Center in Haapsalu


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