Photographer/owner: Eesti Energia, place: Narva-Jõesuu, Viro

East-Estonia has 4 counties- Lääne-Virumaa, Ida-Virumaa and Jõgevamaa and Järvamaa.  They are all little bit different from each other and with different opportunities.

The capital of Ida-Virumaa is the town of Jõhvi; nevertheless, Narva is the largest town in the county in terms of population and at the same time the third-largest city in Estonia after Tallinn and Tartu. Narva is also a Logistics hub, being Estonia’s biggest trade and border-crossing city between the EU and Russia.

There are 2 university colleges, Tartu University Narva College and TalTech Virumaa College in Kohtla-Järve; and two major institutions of vocational education in the region. In 2021 several well-known entrepreneurs in Estonia will open a coding school in Jõhvi. The school will help reduce the growing demand for software developers in Estonia while making the eastern region a desirable place to study and offering more opportunities for cooperation with academia.

The main port in the region – Port of Sillamäe – is located in the North-East of Estonia, 25 km from the border between the European Union and Russia and is open and navigable all year round, said Mr. Ilmar Branno, Director of Regional Business Development, Enterprise Estonia at the webinar “Ida-Virumaa – Estonia’s new East? – market opportunities for Finnish companies” on the 1st February 2022 co-organised by the Embassy of Finland to Tallinn, the Enterprise Europe Network, the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Finland-Estonia Business Association.

Mr. Ilmar Branno, Director of Regional Business Development, Enterprise Estonia – presentation here.

Ms. Nele Rogenbaum, Business Development Manager, Ida-Virumaa Industrial Areas, IVIA – presentation here.

Ms. Larissa Shabunova, Managing Director, Fortaco Estonia OÜ – presentation here.

Program of the event here.

Information on Ida-Virumaa here (in Finnish).