9. Meals for cosmonauts
Estonia contributed its part to the international Space Race by producing the first food intended for space travel at a factory in Põltsamaa in 1962, a year after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in orbit and seven years before Apollo 11 would land on the moon.
Põltsamaa’s production of cosmonaut meals has ended, but Estonia’s involvement with space has not – in 2013, the country’s first satellite, the ESTCube was sent into orbit.
10. Ecological leader
The concept for World Cleanup Day was born in 2008 in none other than Estonia, when 50,000 volunteers did their part to keep local scenery pristine by collecting litter. Around 16 million people in 113 countries have now participated.
The biggest “positive civic action” in the world is scheduled for September 8, 2018 when World Cleanup Day plans to involve 150 countries in a full day of cleaning around the globe.
Other Estonian innovators like HoseWear, Derelict Furniture and fashion designer Reet Aus upcycle materials like old fire hoses and wood scraps into stylish, environmentally-conscious creations.