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Restoration of Independence Day

Holidays in Estonia National Holiday in Estonia

Holidays in Estonia

When is Restoration of Independence Day?

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Dates of Independence Restoration Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Thursday
2019 Monday
2018 Monday
2017 Sunday
2016 Saturday
Local Name
Tasiseseisvumispäev
Summary
In 1991 Estonia re-established independence after the end of the Soviet Union

Known in Estonian as 'Tasiseseisvumispäev', this public holiday is always celebrated on 20th August.

History of Restoration of Independence Day

Following the growth of a strong independence movement in the late 1980s, Estonia officially declared its independence from the former Soviet Republic on 20 August 1991.

On 20 August 1991 there was an attempted coup in Moscow by hard-line Communist Party members. Russian troops had arrived in Tallinn to support the coup but Estonian volunteers organised protection of the television broadcast tower, so that TV channels couldn't be taken over by the hardliners. Later that evening, the Estonian government proclaimed the restoration of Estonian independence.

By 6 September 1991, independence had been formally recognised by the former Soviet Union.

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