Our relationship with Estonia

Estonia and New Zealand enjoy a good working bilateral relationship. We are both small states with similar outlooks. New Zealand and Estonia have a shared interest in digital government, and are both members of the Digital 5 initiative to share learning about e-government.

Estonia is also a strong partner for New Zealand within the European Union, and we share a commitment to multilateralism. New Zealand holds regular officials meetings with Estonia, and work together in multilateral fora, including the UN.

A Working Holiday Scheme was established between New Zealand and Estonia in 2007, and this has served to further expand the people-to-people links between our two countries.

Trade

2016 statistics

Total trade in goods 

US$8.5 million

 

Exports to Estonia

US$2.6 million 

Top exports: Wool and wood products

Imports from Estonia

US$5.9 million

Top imports: Electrical parts and machinery

GDP

US$23 billion

 

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Estonia.

To apply, you can go to an Estonian embassy or consulate.  

For more information, go to the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (external link).

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand visits to Estonia

  • Hon Todd McClay, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, July 2015
  • Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, April 2014 (Freedom Online Coalition Conference)
  • Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs, November 2010

Estonian visits to New Zealand

  • HE Jaack Aaviksoo, Minister of Education, March 2014
  • HE Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs, April 2009

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