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.


2017 statistics

Total trade in goods 

US$15.0 million


Exports to Estonia

US$4.8  million 

Top exports: Wool and wood products.

Imports from Estonia

$10.2 million

Top imports: Meat, chemicals, electrical parts and machinery.


US$26 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).


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

News & Events

Anzac Day Commemoration Service 25 April 2019


New Zealanders in Poland, Estonia, Georgia and Ukraine are welcome to participate in 2019 Anzac commemoration services with the New Zealand, Australian and British communities.

New Zealand Speaker visits Germany


Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, visited Berlin and Munich for a two day bilateral visit on 14-15 January 2019.