I like to think I have a fairly good grasp of geography, but Estonia? I guessed that it’s somewhere near Bosnia. Turns out my geography isn’t as good as I’d thought. Estonia is on the northwestern tip of Europe, bordering Latvia, the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Fascinating factoid: Skype was created by Estonian developers and is mainly developed in Estonia.
Estonia has recently discovered that its numbers of women without children are rocketing skyward. I wanted to know just where those women actually are.
In just 11 years, Estonian households with children under age 18 dropped from 33.6% to 25.2 %, according to comparisons of the country’s 2011 and 2000 Population and Housing Census.
Although the number of total households went UP 3%, one-person households jumped from 33.4% to 39.9%, and homes with 3 or 4 residents are declining. It’s a country with more people and fewer parents, but statisticians note that many single-person households reflect increases in the number of elderly Estonians and college students.
The Internet tells me that Estonia is a multinational country where people speak more than 100 languages, including Estovian and Russian. (That sounds like the USA, too.) Wikipedia says Estonians enjoy “an advanced, high-income economy.” (USA had that. Still does, in spots.) Surprising fact #2: Estonia ranks as one of the least religious countries in the world.
The one thing I know for sure about Estonia’s NotMoms? They’re not so different from you and me.